Utility increases tipped in state budget; raises wages; increases state revenue.
â€“ The Kansas Department of Administration and Revenue, or KERE, says it may raise state employees’ pay as high as 25 percent, as well as increase state revenues.
â€“ Kansas’ two Democratic-controlled lawmakers are expected to seek higher wages, but not as high as 10 to 12 percent; the legislature is expected to reject some of the legislation proposed by a Republican governor and his Republican lieutenant governor.
â€“ The State Personnel Commission says a proposed cut to its staff raises a question about its ability to make decisions, possibly limiting it in its power to reduce spending and reduce pensions.
The budget proposals and recommendations come in response to voters’ choices in this year’s elections in Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. In Nebraska, voters approved a statewide initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage, while in South Dakota voters rejected a law that raised the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, and voters in Arkansas passed a law raising the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature has repeatedly taken aim at higher wages, which state workers have been paying higher hourly wages for decades, particularly in states that have raised the minimum wage. The state spends about $800 million each year on welfare, and workers have been taking raises that have come from about a third to a quarter of their annual pay since 2001.
But legislators in Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, along with the business community and advocates for workers, have warned that raising the minimum wage could decrease sales and employment in their states, and could have negative consequences for companies that rely on low-wage workers.
But the Kansas governor opposes raising wages, saying it will lead to job losses for the state. The Democratic-controlled Kansas House and Senate have passed bills that limit wage increases in the past, and state Republicans have failed to block any.
Gov. Sam Brownback (R) told The Associated Press in August that he wants a state minimum wage that’s “about.9 cents” more than the federal one, but declined to identify what he would do to bring that amount up.
“That’s another part of the state budget that I want to see brought forward, and we’re not doing it yet, but it’s something I’m looking at, and at a minimum we’re going to look at and see if this can be brought forward,” he said.
“What’s important to look at is is the cost of doing business, and what that costs the state,” Brownback said in a statement after lawmakers passed a minimum wage bill last month. “In the short term, the state has a lot of problems without a minimum wage increase. If we want to gro 카지노사이트 예스카지노 온라인카지노 온라인카지노 카지노
Public alert police to stab victim in D.C.
A man in D.C. police custody was stabbed Friday evening, according to an FBI bulletin.
A 34-year-old man was arrested and arrested on D.C. corruption charges. He was taken to Metro Medical Center, where he died. It was not clear who perpetrated the attack or what was in the suspect’s pockets or clothes.
The victim, a male, was sitting inside a home in the 200 block of Wood St. just after midnight when he heard a “knock, knock” at the door, according to FBI spokesman Matt Apuzzo.
An unknown person entered the house and asked the victim if he could leave, Apuzzo said.
When the victim refused, he thought something might be wrong, but when he left, he saw an unknown man outside the front door and called 911.
At the scene, a witness spotted the suspect, whose face remained concealed, lying in the street.