Daily Archives: Aug. 6, 2010

Brownback to unveil his “Road Map for Kansas” Monday followed by a statewide bus tour

vote-2010-header-300x48TOPEKA – The general public is going to get its first glimpse of Sen. Sam Brownback’s plan for Kansas’ future on Monday.

Brownback, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, will be discussing his “Road Map for Kansas” starting Monday at 10 a.m. at his Topeka campaign headquarters.

On Wednesday, Brownback and his running mate, state Sen. Jeff Colyer, R-Overland Park, are embarking on a four-day bus trip that will have them visiting 32 cities.

The pair are running against Democratic Sens. Tom Holland and Kelly Kultala, of Baldwin City and Kansas City, Kan., in the November election. Also in the race are Libertarians Andrew P. Gray and Stacey Davis, and Reform party candidates Ken Cannon and Dan Faubion.

The tour does not have a Wichita stop. It includes a stop in Maize at the Woodard Barn at 6:30 p.m. Friday billed as a family picnic fund-raiser with a suggested donation of $20 per family. It also stops in El Dorado at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Butler County Courthouse.

Below is a schedule of the bus tour.

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Final public hearings next week on city, county budgets

moneyIf you want to weigh in on how the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County plan to spend taxpayer dollars next year, next week is your last chance.

City and county leaders will vote Tuesday and Wednesday respectively on next year’s budgets.

Public hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at city hall and the courthouse. The city council will vote after its hearing. County commissioners will vote at their meeting Wednesday.

The city’s proposed budget for next year is about $519 million, and the county’s is about $415 million.

The city will furlough many of its employees to get through lean times and plans to cut about 65 positions.

The county will draw from reserves to weather the economy. It does not plan to lay off or furlough employees.

You can see the city’s budget at www.wichita.gov and the county’s at www.sedgwickcounty.org.

Kansas treasurer’s office returns $65,000 to the state

TOPEKA – The state general fund got boost from the state treasurer’s office to the tune of $65,000.

Treasurer Dennis McKinney, a Democrat, announced Friday that his office came in under budget and was able to return money to the state.

“During the past two years our office has emphasized the importance of doing more with less,” McKinney said in a written statement. “Our staff is full of smart, creative and dedicated public servants who have found ways to improve services while cutting overhead costs.”

McKinney, a Democrat, is running in the November election and faces off against Republican Ron Estes, Sedgwick County treasurer.