Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2004

Senators want to spend less than governor on new state image

February 12, 2004


— Senate budget writers today pared back Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' plan to spend $2 million to produce a new state brand and image.

Instead, the Senate Ways and Means Committee recommended taking $750,000 from the image effort and applying it to community-based transition services for convicted criminals.

Sebelius had proposed a reduction in funding for the inmate services, according to budget lawmakers.

"I can't in good conscience," spend money on developing a state image while shortchanging the state prison system, Senate President Dave Kerr, R-Hutchinson, said.

Kerr said many of the people who would have not received transition services under Sebelius' proposal are sexual offenders. "You dump them out at prison gates ... and we are clearly putting Kansas citizens at risk," he said.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Journal-World.

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