Archive for May 12th, 2011

Compare Kansas’ budget to Indiana’s budget, signed Tuesday by Gov. Mitch Daniels

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The budget applauded by Governor Brownback, and approved by a committee of the House and Senate.  Still needs to be voted on by full Senate (expected to approve) and full House.

Kansas:

  • Republicans control Governor, House, and Senate. Voters overwhelmingly Republican.
  • 6% state general fund spending increase
  • $50 million surplus
  • Slight decrease in school spending, which has increased by over $1 billion/year in recent years
  • No tax relief
  • Keeps in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, in violation of federal law
  • No school vouchers
  • Removes Planned Parenthood funding
Indiana’s budget, described in Forbes:
  • Republicans control Governor, House, and Senate. State voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
  • $1 billion surplus
  • Cuts corporate taxes by 24% (from 8.5% to 6.5%)
  • The largest school voucher program ever passed by a state in American history
  • Removes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
  • Removes Planned Parenthood funding
  • Slight increase in K-12 public school spending

KansasReporter – House, Senate negotiators agree on budget with 6% state fund spending increase. Brownback calls it “victory for Kansas”

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

By Gene Meyer, KansasReporter

May 11, 2011

Re-published with permission

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas’ legislative budget negotiators late Wednesday evening struck a deal designed to end the state’s fiscal 2012 spending plan with a $50 million surplus. (more…)