Daily Archives: March 2, 2009

Sebelius will be governor until she is confirmed, Parkinson says

PARKINSON_MH6TOPEKA – Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson said he would remain in his current position until the governor is confirmed as the Health and Human Services Secretary.

“In the interim, I will continue to be focused on the budget and other issues facing our Great State,” Parkinson said in a written statement. “We know that Kansans are facing the most challenging economy in our lifetimes. Our commitment is to continue to do everything we can to move our state forward.”

President Barack Obama announced Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, as his nominee for country’s top health slot early Monday afternoon following weeks of speculation.

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Sebelius nomination for HHS is official

Read the White House press release below.

President Barack Obama officially announced that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is his pick for Health and Human Services secretary.

“And today, I am proud to announce key members of my team who will be critical to that effort: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for my Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Ann DeParle as Director of the White House Office for Health Reform,” the release said.

Sebelius, a Democrat, was an early supporter of Obama. Read More »

NYT: Sebelius’s efforts to forge consensus on healthcare rarely succeed

sebeliusGov. Kathleen Sebelius has won praise from health insurance companies, consumer groups and even some Republican governors. But her history in Kansas has drawn a critical eye, according to a report in today’s New York Times.

“But on matters of health policy, which she will oversee if she is confirmed as President Obama’s secretary of health and human services, Ms. Sebelius’s efforts to forge bipartisan consensus have rarely succeeded. She recently observed that the greatest frustration of her six years in office had been her inability to persuade lawmakers to raise tobacco taxes for a modest expansion of government health coverage.” Read More »

Proposition K sent to a subcommittee for more study

TOPEKA – A proposal to limit property evaluation increases to 2 percent is heading to a sub-committee for further study.

After a third day of hearings, House Taxation Committee chairman Rep. Richard Carlson, R-St. Marys, decided that House Bill 2150, dubbed Proposition K, needed more discussion and said he would announce the subcommittee Tuesday.

The bill is an effort by a free-market think tank and about two dozen Kansas lawmakers to lock in 2010 property value assessments, then limit the valuation increase to 2 percent annually.

Last week, a state Department of Revenue official told the committee that Proposition K was blatantly unconstitutional.

Opponents have worried about the impact the bill would have on revenue for local government. They have also argued that the measure made people whose houses were increasing in value winners while unduly burdening areas where property values weren’t increasing.

Sebelius to be introduced as HHS secretary this afternoon

The Associated Press is reporting that President Barack Obama will announce Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, as the Health and Human Services secretary this afternoon.

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