Archive for 2015

Friday, November 6th, 2015 @ 4:38PM

Updated revenue numbers to provide more budget predictability

TOPEKA–Newly revised consensus revenue estimates position the legislature to operate with more realistic budget numbers for the 2016 session, House Leaders said Friday. Revenue predictions revised from April estimates by the Consensus Revenue Estimating (CRE) group indicate that Kansas will take in $159 million less than predicted for the rest…

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 5:23PM

Representatives respond to Westar production consolidation

TOPEKA—House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) and House Energy & Environment Chair Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita) issued the following statements after Westar Energy announced it will shut down portions of power plants in Lawrence, Tecumseh and Hutchinson later this year. House Speaker Ray Merrick “The Obama administration has placed Westar in…

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Friday, September 4th, 2015 @ 2:27PM

Legislative Audit reveals invalid KPERS payments

TOPEKA–A legislative audit released Friday showed erroneous benefits accumulated by Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) beneficiaries, who earned service credits while they were not employed by the state. Specifically, the audit, which was conducted by the Legislative Division of the Post Audit, found that out of a random sample…

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 @ 5:11PM

House Republicans Oppose Transfer of Terrorist Detainees to Fort Leavenworth

TOPEKA—Eighty-two Kansas House Republicans on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter regarding the potential transfer of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The text of the letter and the list of signers follows:       The Honorable Ashton…

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Friday, June 5th, 2015 @ 9:08AM

Representatives ask Senate to prevent state government furloughs

TOPEKA–House leaders and House Republican legislators on Friday implored the Kansas Senate to pass the conference committee report on the state budget without delay to prevent state government furloughs. The House passed the budget on Wednesday. Without Senate approval and a signature from Governor Brownback, non-essential state government workers in…

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 @ 7:18PM

House approves two-year budget

TOPEKA—The Kansas House on Wednesday approved a two-year budget that will prevent the furlough of state employees and secure funding for Regents institutions, KPERS payments, social services caseloads, and public safety and corrections. The 64-48 vote on the conference committee report sends the budget to the Senate for consideration. The…

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