Statehouse Report from the Olathe Chamber

After the majority of Kansas legislators spent the first week of veto session waiting around to approve a few conference committee reports, legislative leaders have held private meetings on how to wrap up the session.  Finally, on Wednesday May 15, tax and budget negotiators met formally to begin discussions.  You will recall this year legislators had plans to wrap up the 2013 session in 80 days, however, the 80th day passed uneventfully on  Monday, May 13 with little sight of final resolution.  Below is a quick recap of where negotiations stand as of this morning.

Budget & Taxes

After four rounds of budget negotiations that began on Wednesday the last remaining issues to resolve is how much to cut Regents funding and a House-sponsored pay cap for state employees.  Another issue yet to be resolved includes buying down waiting lists for the physically disabled and developmentally disabled.

On the Regents issue, the House supports a 4% reduction in Regent funding, creating a roughly $29 million savings.  The Senate approved a 2% cut, $14.5 million, but the latest offer by the Senate was a 1% cut instead.  Governor Brownback does not support any cuts in Regent funding.

The House also proposed to save $37 million by freezing salaries in the coming year with a few exceptions, notably Regent institutions and public safety agencies.  The Senate offered up a list of further exemptions from the salary cap that would cut about $7 million from the House’s projected savings.  Continue reading

Olathe PD seeks ID help

suspect 1The Olathe Police Department is attempting to identify this subject involved in an attempted armed robbery on April 27.

The suspect shown entered the Subway restaurant at College and Lone Elm through the back door. The male pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money but the clerk refused noting the gun was bb gun.  The suspect ran out the front door leaving the sun glasses and the bb gun behind.

The suspect was described as a white male, late teens – early 20 s, 6’2″ and 150 pounds, thin build with a clean shaven head and acne scarring on his cheeks.

If you have any information on who this person is please contact the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950.

suspect 2


435-Quivira bridge to close May 17-20 for construction work

From the Kansas Department of Transportation: Bridge overlay work on the Quivira Road bridge over I-435 will close the southbound lanes of Quivira Road at I-435 at 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, with the road reopening to unrestricted traffic at 5 a.m. Monday, May 20.

In addition, the left two lanes of eastbound I-435 at Quivira Road will be closed for bridge painting work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, May 17, reopening to unrestricted traffic at 5 a.m. Monday, May 20.

This work had been scheduled for May 10 to 13 but was delayed due to weather conditions. The scheduled May 17 to 20 closure will take place if the weather permits.


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