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January 3, 2014

Kansas lawmakers get legislative send-off today

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Lawmakers and constituents in Southeast Kansas gathered at Pittsburg State University today for a legislative send-off. The annual event is an opportunity for constituents to discuss some of the the biggest issues in the upcoming session.

Legislators will convene in Topeka on Monday, Jan. 13, and questions during the send-off — put on by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce — focused heavily on the future of funding for K-12 and higher education.

PSU President Steve Scott expressed concern that while 37 other states increased higher education funding last year, and a few remained flat, Kansas was among a handful of states that decreased higher education funding.

State Rep. Julie Menghini, D-Pittsburg, said she has no doubt the legislative session will be about money, but even more so this year.

“We’ve created a second recession for ourselves in many ways,” Menghini said. “Taxes don’t go away, they just get shifted to something else.”

 

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