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Capitol Report: Kansas Board of Regents to visit KU

April 4, 2011

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Regents to make the rounds at KU

The Kansas Board of Regents will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Thursday and the Lawrence campus on Friday.

Regents members will tour Wahl Hall, the KU Cancer Center and labs at the medical center, and then meet with administrators, faculty and students on the Lawrence campus.

The visits are part of a regular rotation of campus visits.

Gov. Brownback congratulates Jayhawks

While many KU men’s basketball fans may have been disappointed by the Jayhawks’ exit from the NCAA Tournament, Gov. Sam Brownback last week tried to look on the bright side, noting that KU did make it to the Elite Eight.

“That was no small task,” he said.

Senator wants to talk tax exemptions

State Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, says it’s time to look at closing some tax exemptions to help raise enough revenue to fund state government. During debate on an appropriations bill last week, Owen said cuts to bridge an estimated $500 million revenue shortfall were getting too deep.

“We’re not willing to do that (remove tax exemptions) because everyone has a sacred cow,” he said.

Quote of the week

“What is the state’s largest rodent? No proper names.”

— A quip from House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, after he asked the daily Kansas trivia question to the House. The answer was American beaver.

Taking health care reform test urged

So you think you know the Affordable Care Act? The comprehensive reform of the nation’s health care system is 1 year old, and polls show many folks don’t understand it.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Kansans to take a short online quiz to find out how much they know and to learn more about the law.

“After completion — even if you still have the opinion about the law that you had before taking the survey — you can give yourself a pat on the back for thinking critically about one of today’s most challenging issues,” Praeger said.

The 10-question quiz is at healthreform.kff.org/quizzes/

health-reform-quiz.aspx.

What’s next:

The Legislature has adjourned until April 27.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years ago

"State Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, says it’s time to look at closing some tax exemptions to help raise enough revenue to fund state government."

He's clearly not part of the Koch wing of the Republican Party.

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