Archive for Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Faster speed? Maybe a higher toll on the Turnpike

February 28, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(KTKA) Speed-based tolls proposed: If you feel the need for speed, you better be ready to pay up at the toll booth. Senator David Haley says Senate Bill 205 would give the Kansas Turnpike Authority the right to enforce speed-based tolls, meaning the faster you drive, the more you would pay.

(AP) State employee payraise up in the air: Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposal to raise state workers' pay by 4 percent has hit a snag in the Republican-controlled Legislature, with an influential senator questioning whether the state can afford to be so generous.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Session remains work in progress: The 2007 Legislature is either an emerging work of brilliance or a pending political catastrophe. On the other hand, it may be remembered as the session in which legislators just didn't know when to quit.

(AP) Unemployed would get quicker benefits under bill: Some senators are working again to eliminate the week that jobless workers must wait to get their first unemployment checks, their efforts buoyed by a show of support from the House.

(Harris News Service) Campaign finance reform has ups and downs: Efforts to give voters a clearer picture of who's funding political campaigns met with mixed success during the first part of this year's Legislature.

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