Kansas Legislature – The Latest: Kansas Official Not Committing to Specific Cuts

 

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local):

 

4:15 p.m.

 

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director says the administration is not yet committing to any specific spending cuts to help balance the state’s budget.

 

The GOP-dominated Legislature hoped to finish work on a plan for keeping the budget balanced through June 2017. The plan would require Brownback to do most of the work.

 

The plan assumes the governor makes up to $92 million in cuts during the fiscal year beginning July 1. The figure is tied to a list Budget Director Shawn Sullivan provided earlier this month in outlining budget-balancing options.

 

Sullivan said then that the cuts could touch social services, including Medicaid. But he said Sunday that the administration would need to see what passes before making decisions.

 

Legislators stressed that the plan would not pin Brownback down.

3:25 p.m.

 

Kansas legislators have approved a bill increasing vehicle registration fees to provide extra funds for the state Highway Patrol to hire additional troopers.

 

The House approved the measure Sunday on a 92-27 vote. The Senate passed it Saturday, 36-4, so the bill goes to Gov. Sam Brownback.

 

The bill also includes another fee increase to provide additional funds for a center in Hutchinson that trains law enforcement

officers.

 

Vehicle registration fees would increase a total of $3.25. Most vehicle owners now pay $35.

 

A $2 increase would raise $5.4 million a year for the patrol so it could hire an additional 75 troopers. Thirty-five of the state’s 105 counties have no assigned trooper.

 

An additional $1.25 fee increase would raise $3.4 million annually for the training center.

 

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KSNW-TV       Published on May 1, 2016

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