Daily Archives: Jan. 20, 2009

More Senate budget talks

While many people are focused on the inauguration happenings in Washington D.C., work in Topeka goes on.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee, has resumed its budget conversations which will continue through tomorrow.

“We will take no final action on Senate Bill 23 today,” said committee chair Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg.

That means the full Senate will not debate or vote on a revised 2009 fiscal year budget, which would have to include about $186 million in cuts to meet projected budget shortfalls.

Initially, Senators on Friday had hoped to pass the measure. That plan got side railed by discussions about education fund.

The committee is currently listening to Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis discuss how various options would impact school districts.

Layton praised at going away party in Iowa

Wichita’s incoming city manager, Robert Layton, was praised for his quarter-century career in Urbandale, Iowa last night and said it’s tough to leave, according to a story in the Des Moines Register.

“I love movies about Iowa, and ‘Field of Dreams’ is my favorite. And I can’t stop thinking of a quote from the movie: Once a place touches you like this, the wind never blows as cold,” Layton told the newspaper. “It’s so hard to leave.”