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Representative Sharon Schwartz’s Newletter

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March 28, 2011 2011 Legislative Update – #11 Dear Friends, With the deadline for the full House to debate bills last Wednesday, floor action by the House reached a peak this week with the House spending long hours considering and passing over fifty bills. When the Legislature convenes, it will be the seventieth day of the session which is limited ... Read More »

Kansas Government Adds 16,000 Jobs in One Year

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The Kansas Department of Labor reported Kansas Government agencies employed 16-thousand more people in February 2011 than in February 2010.  The revelation was made in February’s Unemployment report. Nemaha County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state of Kansas at 4.3 percent during the month of February. Marshall County’s unemployment rate remained 5.5 percent. Washington County was 5.2 percent ... Read More »

Kansas Senators Re-instate Arts Funding

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The Kansas Senate has voted to save the state Arts Commission as a government agency. Senators voted 24-13 on Wednesday to reject Gov. Sam Brownback‘s plan to convert the commission to a private nonprofit group. The conversion would have saved the state about $575,000 annually. Brownback issued an executive reorganization order to make the change July 1. The Senate‘s action ... Read More »

Southeast Board Passes Tuition, Fee Increase For 2011-2012

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Southeast Community College’s Board of Governors voted to increase tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Effective July 1, 2011, Nebraska residents will pay $3 more per quarter credit hour in tuition and 25 cents more per quarter credit hour in fees. After some discussion of the options presented, the Board voted for ... Read More »

USD 451 Board Meeting Minutes

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REGULAR MEETING Unified School District #451 Board of Education February 14, 2011 The regular meeting of the U.S.D. #451 Board of Education was called to order Monday, February 14, 2011 by President Dale Sudbeck at 7:30 p.m. Alan Schmitz, Steve Sudbeck, Nick Holthaus, Jim Dalinghaus, John Haug, and Martin Haug answered roll call. Also attending were Jerry Turner, Julie Kohake, ... Read More »

Tiemeyer Wins Washington County Spelling Bee

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Washington County eighth grader Andrew Tiemeyer won the Washington county spelling bee. Second was Linn eighth grader Kendra Bargman and in third, Heather Hillert, Washington County eighth grader. Tiemeyer and Bargman qualified for the state spelling bee. Read More »

House Acts on Governor’s Spending Cuts

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The Kansas House of Representatives this week passed an amended series of state spending cuts proposed by Governor Sam Brownback. The plan calls for a 2% reduction in base state aid to schools and 7.5% pay cuts for legislators, some government executives, and some university employees. The budget proposal which now goes to the Senate, provides for cutting taxpayer-provided state ... Read More »

RSVP Offers Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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During the 2009 Tax Season, over 600 taxpayers in Northeast Kansas had their federal and state income tax forms prepared free of charge by RSVP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  RSVP of Northeast Kansas is again sponsoring the VITA program, as well as the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program.  Volunteers will help prepare federal and state tax ... Read More »

RSVP Offers Free Tax Help

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During the 2009 Tax Season, over 600 taxpayers in Northeast Kansas had their federal and state income tax forms prepared free of charge by RSVP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  This enabled the elderly and low income persons and families to receive $450,228.00 in refunds. RSVP of Northeast Kansas is again sponsoring the VITA program, as well as the ... Read More »

Unemployment Rates Fall

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Unemployment has fallen in Marshall, Washington, and Nemaha Counties in December.  Marshal County fell from 4.7 percent to 4.3 percent.  Washington County fell to 3.8 percent down from 4.2 percent in November.  Nemaha County was 3.3 percent in December down from 3.7 percent in November.  The Kansas Unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent in November to 6.4 percent in December.  ... Read More »