State budget

Republican leaders pass budget; Democrats predict fiscal mess
May 2, 2014
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a state budget that would provide $250 bonuses to state employees and reduce waiting lists for people with disabilities who need services. The measure was approved in the Senate on a 22-18 vote and now goes to the House. If approved there, legislators are likely to adjourn the wrap up session. By Scott Rothschild
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas budget could force court furloughs
08:43 a.m., April 14, 2014 Updated 10:55 a.m.
State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system. The Associated Press
Higher ed funding increase, all-day kindergarten may be in jeopardy in light of school finance decision
March 8, 2014
A legislative fix to inequities in school funding could negate proposals to increase funding to higher education and all-day kindergarten, Republican legislative leaders say. By Scott Rothschild
Full-day kindergarten not all fun and games
Lawrence currently funds at all schools but hopes state will add to budget
March 1, 2014
Isn’t a full day of school exhausting for a bunch of 5-year-olds? You bet, says their likewise exhausted kindergarten teacher Lauren Mitchell. She and her class are winding down a busy seven hours staying engaged and focused on a long list of lessons and activities — none of which, incidentally, is nap time. As the Kansas Legislature considers Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to fund full-day kindergarten statewide, Lawrence is in its second year of offering the program at every district elementary school at no extra cost to parents. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas higher education budget approved by House committee
12:32 p.m., February 24, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A House committee on Monday recommended an increased higher education budget that mostly follows the recommendation of Gov. Sam Brownback.
KBA leader vows Kansas will become bioscience leader
January 27, 2014
The head of a state-funded business accelerator on Monday said Kansas will soon be recognized worldwide as a place to bring bioscience businesses. By Scott Rothschild
Legislators say big budget cuts to higher ed, other areas would occur if public schools win finance lawsuit
November 4, 2013
Republican legislators are sounding early alarm bells, saying a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court against the state in the school finance lawsuit would result in significant budget cuts, tax increases or both. By Scott Rothschild
Amid budget cuts to higher education, KU gets funding for adult stem cell center
June 7, 2013
As Kansas University officials bemoaned legislative budget cuts, Kansas Board of Regents member Ed McKechnie wondered if those cuts could be alleviated somewhat by diverting funds that KU received in another area but didn’t request. McKechnie, of Arcadia, was talking about the $2 million allocated over two years to start and run the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the KU Medical Center. By Scott Rothschild
Republicans approve tax, appropriations bills to conclude legislative session
June 2, 2013
Republican legislative leaders mustered majorities to push through a $777 million tax increase and a state budget that cuts funding to higher education and corrections before adjourning the 2013 session early Sunday morning. By Scott Rothschild
Budget approved in House with minimum number of votes needed
June 1, 2013
The Kansas House on Saturday approved a $14.5 billion budget despite concerns raised about cuts to higher education and the state prison system, and placing those with developmental disabilities under KanCare. By Scott Rothschild
Budget advances with ‘devastating’ cuts to KU
June 1, 2013
Kansas University Medical Center will lose at least 30 nursing student slots and 15 residency positions and the Lawrence campus will lose 38 faculty positions under budget cuts advancing Saturday through the Legislature, a KU official said. By Scott Rothschild
Revenue Secretary Jordan says income tax cuts are key to budget deadlock
04:24 p.m., May 31, 2013 Updated 06:55 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan on Friday urged House Republicans to stay focused on reducing state income taxes even if that means increasing the state sales tax. “We’re part of history here this session,” Jordan said. “The country is watching what we are doing in Topeka,” he said. By Scott Rothschild
House rejects another tax increase, negotiations to continue
May 30, 2013
Another day, another proposed tax increase shot down in the House. This one, which would have raised taxes nearly $700 million over 5 years, was the product of a mini-revolt among Republicans and died Thursday on an 18-94 vote. By Scott Rothschild
Freshmen Republicans in the House don’t like options provided so far from their leaders
May 29, 2013
A bumper crop of freshmen House Republicans are getting antsy about being told to increase taxes to provide revenue because of last year’s deep tax cuts that were approved before they ran for office. By Scott Rothschild