Lawmakers, counties concerned about veto of environmental funds

State lawmakers and county officials voiced concern last week about Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of $750,000 in state funding for a program that protects drinking water, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. State Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, chairwoman of the Legislative Budget Committee, described the elimination of the program that helps local health departments inspect and monitor wastewater and water systems as “short-term conservatism versus long-term conservatism.” Other lawmakers complained that the state was off-loading costs on local governments, which may either raise fees or cut corners. Reno County, for example, has raised the fee to install a wastewater system from $90 to $275.