Archive for Monday, March 19, 2012

Kansas House passes $14B budget; cuts $600M

March 19, 2012, 1:45 p.m. Updated March 19, 2012, 3:07 p.m.

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— The Kansas House on Monday overwhelmingly approved a $14.1 billion state budget that cuts overall spending by about $600 million, or 4 percent.

House members voted 87-36 on the bill containing the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The measure now moves to the Senate, which is working out its version of the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Under the House-approved bill, the House would spend $600 million less than in the current year but expand expenditures by the Legislature by $1 million.

The House legislation also contains a provision to prohibit state employees from being involved in abortions, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The ban, championed in the House by Rep. Joe Patton, R-Topeka, includes University of Kansas Medical Center physicians-in-training.

Patton's amendment has raised concern at KUMC that education accreditation could be jeopardized by the limitation.

House members also added $29 million to help K-12 public schools deal with higher-than-expected student enrollment. A House floor amendment restored the school aid by taking $25 million from a Kansas Department of Transportation's highway program.

Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, who spoke for a bipartisan group of 10 House members, said they considered the budget bill flawed but that they would vote for it.

"We shouldn't have to choose between adequately funding K-12 and fully supporting KDOT's T-Works," he said.

The House bill also provided to community mental health centers $5 million more than the $10 million requested by Brownback and retained a ban enacted last fall by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to deny food stamp benefits to some U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The Brownback administration changed state policy on the food stamp program to include in eligibility calculations the income of all adults, including undocumented workers.

The measure pushed some families above the maximum monthly net income level to receive the government benefit.

Comments

ksjayhawk74 3 years, 1 month ago

Good job Kansas House. Letting children who are citizens go hungry if their parents are illegal takes a lot of cojones. It's exactly what Jesus would, especially if he knew how much money the State of Kansas is saving by letting these kids go hungry.

Enlightenment 3 years, 1 month ago

"The House legislation also contains a provision to prohibit state employees from being involved in abortions."

Why don't they just say you must right winged, religious, and anti-choice to work for the state.

Enlightenment 3 years, 1 month ago

"The House legislation also contains a provision to prohibit state employees from being involved in abortions."

Doesn't that read as if state workers are not allowed to have abortions?

troll 3 years, 1 month ago

Yes, "involved in" is very bad wording. It sounds as if you can't have one and nobody you know can have one.

Enlightenment 3 years, 1 month ago

maybe that was the implication with the wording

Niemoller 3 years, 1 month ago

If they did have one, it wouldn't be covered by their insurance as that is state money, right? So, unless they pay out of pocket for it, the wording is correct.

tolawdjk 3 years, 1 month ago

That would be about par for the course.

JM Andy 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey brainiac, last time I checked I was an American/Kansas citizen just as much as you are (assuming you are).

jafs 3 years, 1 month ago

As is the American one, if you don't like Obama.

Oh wait, that logic doesn't seem to apply there, does it?

Elaine Elliott 3 years, 1 month ago

http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/measures/documents/hb2598_00_0000.pdf

Here is a link to the bill. It's pretty sad. Women are having rights taking away from them.

question4u 3 years, 1 month ago

It's hardly worth reporting this information, since most of what the clowns in the Kansas House have done will be rejected by the adults in the Senate anyway. It's the same every year. We can expect to see Mike O'Neal with a bloated red face, indignant over the fact that House extremism seems foolish to all those in the Senate who possess foresight and a conscience.

It's the principal reason that we have a bicameral legislature. The House can be stuffed with Anthony Browns, Virgil Pecks, and Mickey Mouses, but Senate seats are harder to come by. It's not surprising that state senators tend to be brighter. In general, they actually read bills before voting for them.

Michael LoBurgio 3 years, 1 month ago

House Republican 2013 fiscal year budget

Here are some funding areas that were recommended for cuts in the House 2013 budget:

· Community Health Centers were cut $1.8 million for screenings for non-Medicaid patients. Right now, even if you are not Medicaid eligible, you can go to a local community mental health center and talk to someone for an initial screening. Now those people will be turned away.

· Family Centered Systems of Care was eliminated. This provides mental health services for families with children with serious emotional disturbances.

· Family Preservation Reduction was cut by $654,000. This program helps families stay together and cuts about 600 families from the program.

· Children’s Initiatives Funds were cut about $15 million. This includes a number of early childhood education programs.

· $157,000 was cut from Addiction and Prevention Services grants, cutting services to about 100 Kansans.

· Cut foster care contract rates by $2.3 million and foster care reimbursement rates by $3.4 million.

· Cut child support enforcement contracts by $1.4 million.

· Cut funding by $2.1 million for children over the age of 13 in SRS custody. This will mean more kids over the age of 13 who were in foster care due to out-of-control behavior, truancy, overwhelmed parents, etc., will not be covered. They will have to stay at home.

· Cut support for Centers for Independent Living by 18%. This supports Kansans with developmental disabilities.

· Reduce foster parent training by 13 percent or $111,000.

· State employees get no raises and their longevity pay (for employees with 10 years or more service) is reduced.

· The budget had a provision that would not allow new patients into KNI. Rep Annie Kuether made an amendment to keep the doors open for new patients and it passed.

· In asking for your priorities in spending, you told me that your number one priority was to put some money back into K12 education.

The House 2013 budget puts no new money per child into Kansas public schools. Not providing some kind of cost of living increase for schools puts pressure on local school boards to raise property taxes to cover the cost of inflation and improving schools.

Public schools have endured more than their fair share of budget cuts over the last few years.

Last year alone, Gov. Brownback asked for a $104 million cut to public schools - the largest cut to public schools - the largest cut to public education in Kansas history.

In total, public education has been cut nearly $270 million since fiscal year 2009.

Michael LoBurgio 3 years, 1 month ago

The House 2013 budget puts no new money per child into Kansas public schools. Not providing some kind of cost of living increase for schools puts pressure on local school boards to raise property taxes to cover the cost of inflation and improving schools.

Public schools have endured more than their fair share of budget cuts over the last few years.

Last year alone, Gov. Brownback asked for a $104 million cut to public schools - the largest cut to public schools - the largest cut to public education in Kansas history.

In total, public education has been cut nearly $270 million since fiscal year 2009.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

If you look to the bible you will find the answer. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating from the Tree of Knowledge. Therefore, Gawd is anti-education. Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying: 'Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.'

JM Andy 3 years, 1 month ago

And I'll be leaving Kansas very soon, to secure a decent education for my daughter and to ensure our civil rights remain intact. Welcome to 1950...er Kansas...

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

The grass is always greener on the other side.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

You should stay and fight for those things here in Kansas. Do not run away from the religious zealots who've taken the state over.

WilburNether 3 years, 1 month ago

It's always entertaining to watch the little piggies in the People's Republic of Lawrence squeal when it appears that lower quantities of other people's money will be poured into the public trough at which they feed.

Squeal, piggies, squeal!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

So you want a final solution, too. If we can just get rid of all those genetically deficient folks who are after other people's money, we'll have paradise, right?

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

Your persistent use of the term "final solution" marginalizes the real final solution. A 4% cut in a budget of over 14 billion dollars, while something that may be of concern to you, is not the same as the very real killing of millions of humans.

WilburNether 3 years, 1 month ago

Squeal, little piggies, squeal! Oh, and make stupid, irrelevant comments about getting rid of "genetically deficient folks." Squeal, little piggies, squeal!

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

If you read your bible you'll plainly see that Gawd is against educating the masses. Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying: 'Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.'

Stay stupid! Gawd commands it.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

If I were a woman, I'd incorporate my uterus. Maybe then the republicans wouldn't be so interested in regulating it.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

If you are a corporate "person" the Republicans want government to get out of your life, but if you are a person "person" they are all about controlling every aspect of your life.

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