Statehouse briefing: Tuition increase tabled for now
Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:
(Harris News Service) Task force backs off tuition increase: A proposed tuition increase to pay for university maintenance is off the table - at least for now - in one legislative chamber.
(AP) GOP release health care plan: House Republicans promised Monday to work on making health insurance less costly for employers and workers and to help poor Kansans get off Medicaid and into private coverage.
(Kansas Health Institute News Service) HealthWave enrollment not always easy: Seventy-one percent of state's uninsured children are eligible for HealthWave or Medicaid but getting them connected has been a problem, officials say.
(LJW) Affiliation too risky, hospital chief says: Several lawmakers Monday issued warnings to Kansas University School of Medicine over its proposed affiliation with St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
(Harris News Service) Panel drops rural initiatives: The House's lead budget committee dropped the governor's new funding proposals to aid small-town Kansas Monday as it approved the initial state commerce department budget for the full House to consider.
(KTKA) Parkinson pushes alternative energy: Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson continues to promote alternative energy throughout Kansas. In a speech to the General Federation of Women's Clubs, he spoke about the state's potential for wind power and other alternative sources of energy.
(Topeka Capital Journal) Bill aims at scrap metal thefts: As daytime temperatures climbed above 100 degrees in July, North Topeka experienced a blackout affecting more than 2,600 homes and the Topeka Rescue Mission. The cause? Metal thieves.
(KTKA) KU Hospital officials don't want facility sold: A state legislator has proposed selling Kansas University Hospital, but officials at the facility are cool to the idea.
(Topeka Capital Journal) School group, paper settle records lawsuit: Schools for Fair Funding, the organization that sued the state to increase school funding, has agreed to comply with the Kansas Open Records Act and Kansas Open Meetings Act in a settlement of a lawsuit filed by The Topeka Capital-Journal, attorneys said Monday.