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Archive for Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kansas budget talks narrow to big issues

May 12, 2012

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TOPEKA — Kansas legislators who are drafting the final version of a $14.1 billion state budget are narrowing their discussions to their biggest differences.

House and Senate negotiators met for about two hours Saturday to work on the spending plan for state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. There were dozens of differences between the two chambers on items in the budget.

The negotiators stuck to minor issues during Saturday’s talks, such as the amount the Department on Aging should reimburse providers of services to the elderly for their payroll expenses.

The negotiators plan to resume their talks Monday, when major issues must be resolved, including education funding, pay raises for state workers and aid to local governments to help keep their property taxes in check.

Comments

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 6 months ago

The extended session will cost Kansas taxpayers $35,000 per day

chootspa 2 years, 6 months ago

Heaven forbid they spend that money educating a child or caring for a disabled person. Better to enact pointless sharia bans and restrictions on women's health care.

George_Braziller 2 years, 6 months ago

Minor issue? Not for those receiving the services and those of us providing them. I do some attendant work for an elderly woman on the FE waiver. Last fall she had her hours cut and in January I had a 20 cent an hour pay cut.

The services she needs didn't change, only the number of hours approved to do them in and the amount I'm paid to provide them. Same amount of work in less time for less money.

"The negotiators stuck to minor issues during Saturday’s talks, such as the amount the Department on Aging should reimburse providers of services to the elderly for their payroll."

Mike1949 2 years, 6 months ago

Can't think of any other option except cut service. That is what the Republicans want. Make the end of life a lot sooner.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

This will be settled by one sentiment-- The rich say we're broke, so the poor and middle classes must pay.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

How about talking about the elephant in the corner, the $2 billion budget train wreck waiting in the wings. Thanks for doing your jobs, @!?$&$!@

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

"The negotiators stuck to minor issues during Saturday’s talks, such as the amount the Department on Aging should reimburse providers of services to the elderly for their payroll " Because the elderly are on the way out anyway?

chootspa 2 years, 6 months ago

They kept telling us there were death panels.

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