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Kansas Senate President questions Brownback’s intentions…and other headlines: December 13, 2016

andy lambertDecember 13, 2016
Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle claims the governor isn’t working on a long-term fix for the state’s budget problems because he’s trying to get a job in the Trump administration. Governor Brownback has decided to wait until next month to work on closing a $350 million shortfall in the current budget. The governor’s office is standing by his decision to wait until January on a plan of action.
The head of the state pension system says lawmakers will need to come up with $177 million next year to keep it on track. The head of KPERS says $61 million of that is an increase in the employer contribution as called for in the next fiscal year, and in June of 2018 there’ll be a $115 million payment due that was initially put off by lawmakers this year.
The head of a massage parlor in Wichita gets two years of supervised release after admitting to housing an illegal immigrant from China who worked as a prostitute. He also has to pay nearly $84-thousand in forfeitures and a judgment against him.
The Lawrence City Commission agrees to review a request made by a group of high school students to make Lawrence a “sanctuary city” to protect illegal immigrants. The students claim they were motivated in part by Donald Trump winning the White House, as he made mass deportations a cornerstone of his campaign.
Kansas doesn’t impress in WalletHub’s list of the most sinful cities in America, based on the seven deadly sins. Wichita ranked 56th in the country and Kansas City came in 40th. Las Vegas was 1st, with St. Louis second and oddly, Springfield MO came in 5th.

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