Kansas Democrats offer school finance plan

Kansas Democratic legislators on Tuesday unveiled a plan that restores cuts made to schools, provides property tax relief and stands in stark contrast to a proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, to overhaul the finance formula. “Cuts to schools have gone way too far in the last few years,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence. “But the problem has not been the formula. It has been the lack of funding,” Davis said. Under the Democrats’ three-year plan, the Lawrence school district would see an increase of $3.7 million in state funding. That would include increases of $933,839 ...

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Brownback’s State of State address, Democratic response tonight

Gov. Sam Brownback will deliver the 2012 State of the State address at 6:30 p.m. and then Democrats will provide a response at 7 p.m. Brownback's office released this list of media outlets that will broadcast the speech. Television KTPS (Wichita) KTWU (Topeka) Smoky Hills Public Television Radio Kansas Information Network (Find the list of network’s 33 affiliates located across the state here http://radionetworks.com/kinaffiliates.html) KSAL-Salina 1150 AM Kansas Public Radio KANU-Lawrence / Topeka / Kansas City FM 91.5 KANH-Emporia FM 89.7 KANV-Olsburg / Junction City FM 91.3 and in Manhattan on FM 99.5 High Plains Public Radio KANZ- Garden City ...

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5 Questions: Peaceful Rest

More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. To get the lowdown on sleep disorders and sleeping problems, we turned to the Sleep Disorder Program at St. Luke’s South in Overland Park and its medical director, Dr. Ann Romaker. Q: What kinds of sleep disorders are there? A: There are more than 150 recognized types of sleep disorders today. These range from teeth grinding to snoring to sleepwalking. Q: I seem to be tired all the time. Should I just chalk it up to insomnia? A: ...

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Neighbors

There are many, many people listed on the Methodist church's prayer concerns. Frances Lawhead is back at Hillside Village after a stay in the hospital. Colton Blake is doing better. Jo Sweat has pneumonia. Bonnie Montgall had foot surgery last week. Chris Toner is home from the service. Ginger Chance's mother, Maxine Spurgeon, passed away recently and we give our sympathy to the family. Jeanne Rush also passed away recently. Construction at the Baptist church is going well and should be done by the end of March if the weather continues to hold. The men's group will meet for breakfast ...

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Swimming to join athletic offerings in 2012-2013

High school students in De Soto's USD 232 will have the opportunity to represent their schools in one more sport starting in 2012-2013 thanks to the Board of Education's decision to add swimming to the athletic line-up at its meeting Monday night. The board voted 6-1 to add swimming teams next year after months of debate and research. When the issue first came before the board at the September meeting with wishes from patrons to add the sport this year, many board members worried the decision was being rushed. Last night the board once again heard from several district patrons ...

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Board approves shortened academic year, summer food program

Students in De Soto's USD 232 will get an extra week of summer this year before starting classes for the 2012-2013 academic year thanks to efforts by the Board of Education to shorten the academic calendar and save money. The board approved the calendar, which begins the school year a week later in August compared to the current year and ends a day earlier, at its meeting Monday night. According to staff reports on the change, the district will save approximately $82,000. "It's a rough estimate based on utility, transportation and fuel costs," said district Director of Administrative Services Alvie ...

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Brownback rethinking state funding of the arts, officials say

Gov. Sam Brownback is working on ways to provide funding for the arts after his controversial veto last year that made Kansas the first state in the nation to stop funding the arts. Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, said Monday arts funding strategies are being developed by the governor’s staff. She said that the funds may be channeled through the Kansas Department of Commerce in the form of grants and that the still-existing but unfunded Arts Commission could be merged with the Kansas Film Commission. “The grants would be more focused on job creation,” Gregory said. The 2012 legislative session ...

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Kansans For No Income Tax revs up membership drive

So how much is it worth to recruit members to support Gov. Sam Brownback's effort to cut the state's personal income tax? Apparently, $4 per person. Last month, Kansans For No Income Tax sought "short term field directors to build up membership over the holidays," according to an email that has been forwarded to the Lawrence Journal-World. "This is a temporary position that pays $4 for every member signed up," the email from Craig Allen Harms says. "We are looking to bring on one to two temporary team members through Dec. 31st. Let me know if anyone comes to mind ...

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Big battle expected in Legislature over Brownback’s tax plan

Douglas County legislators on Monday provided a preview of what may be one of most contentious debates in the 2012 legislative session — a proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback to decrease the state personal income tax. Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, the leading Democrat in the Senate on tax issues, said elimination of the personal income tax, which provides nearly one-half of state budget revenue, will result in increases in local sales and property taxes, shifting the tax burden from the wealthiest Kansans to the middle class. But Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, said states that have reduced their ...

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Jan. 9 USD 232 Board of Education meeting

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