The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 2001 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 6, 2001
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Surprise leader ^ PAGE ^ ^^CMMSTERS the FRIDAY APRIL 6, 2001 SAUNA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Wind me up PAGE D1 T STATE BUDGET Legislators scramble for solutions Budget bill goes to Gov. Graves, but there's a $185 million gap between estimated revenue and spending approved By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Legislators sent an incomplete budget that the state cannot afford to Gov. Bill Graves Thursday and began scrambling to find ways to balance spending and revenues. On a 22-17 vote, the Senate approved a compromise $9.11 billion spending bill that contains most of the budget for fiscal 2002, which begins July 1. The House had passed the measure Wednesday, just hours before revenue forecasters slashed their estimates of tax receipts for fiscal 2001 and 2002 and predicted a $185 million gap between likely revenue and spending approved in the compromise biU. Now, legislators must cut some appropriations they have already approved, raise taxes, find new sources of money, or produce some combination of all three. Some were prepared to reduce appropriations, while others put staffers to work researching possible tax increases. Back to the drawing board "In essence, it's like starting over," said House Appropria­ tions Chairman Kenny Wilk, R- Lansing. Legislators plan to start their annual spring break Saturday, reconvening April 25 to complete the year's business and consider one last budget bill. "We would like to avoid across- the-board cuts," said Rep. Rocky Nichols, Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee. "Those are clumsy and lazy cuts." Graves proposed — and the bill sent to him Thursday contemplates — spending more than $4.66 billion from the state general fund, which holds most of the state's tax revenues and is the largest source of money for government programs. The increase would be $230 million, or 5.2 percent. But without increasing taxes or raiding other funds, the state would be able to increase its spending by $45 million — or only 1 percent. Cut in increase, not spending The fact that general fund appropriations still would be greater than in fiscal 2001 has some legislators, particularly conservative Republicans, looking for savings. Famer .1/ r Pat Lindquist tells a story about one of her seven Japanese foreign exchange students after receiving a phone call from him Wednesday. The Lindquists housed 17 foreign exchange students through the years. In the baclcground is her husband of almost 60 years, Carl. Brookville teacher says working with kids keeps her active, physically and mentally By TANA THOMSON Tlie Salina Journal Pat Lindquist has found the fountain of youth. Those who know the 90- year-young BrookvUle resident, and there are many, use words like spry, energetic and involved to describe her. Lindquist, who proudly points out that she's almost 91, occasionally still plays sports, speed-walks and is active m her community. Lindquist doesn't hoard the secret to her seemingly endless source of vitality. In fact, if you can keep up with her, she'll invite you along to see, hear and hug the very root of her energy and happiness. "Working with children has kept me on the go," she said. "They keep my brain clear." And the no-nonsense schoolteacher has kept her students on the go and has loved every minute of educating their brains. Lindquist, who was raised in EUsworth, began teaching in 1931 as a 21-year-old in a one-room schoolhouse called Yankee Run, located near Kanopolis. In those days, the teacher wore aU the hats and taught every subject. She was teacher, principal and janitor. She even had to learn to harness a horse because her students would arrive in horse carts. Today, the place where Yankee Run school stood is Photos by JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Pat Lindquist, 90, wiii be inducted into the Kansas Teacher Hali of Fame in June. Lindquist taught for nearly 45 years before retiring in 1975. She is still active in the community and gives talks to elementary students about Kansas. covered by Kanopolis Lake. During her career, she has taught in Saline, Rice and EUsworth covmties as well as in Gainesville, Fla. She has been involved with the local 4-H club for 43 years. After she retired from the Ell-Saline district in 1975, Lindquist began substituting and tutoring children in her home. She didn't stop working until about a year ago. "I'm not retired, I'm re- treaded," she said, explaining that she was never quite able to pry herself away from the grips of public education. She loves it too much. Lindquist stiU works with children. She volunteers in local schools, is wildlife leader and public speaking trainer for the Cardinal 4-H Club and speaks to elementary students about Kansas life when she was their age. "I'm relaxed and so happy to be with (the children)," Lindquist said. "It isn't a job, it's a joy." To the children, she is known as Granny Pat. "She has a radar —- she can pick out kids who need a little extra something," said Kay Engelland, who has known Lindquist for the past 11 years. She first met Lindquist when she enrolled her daughter in the Cardinal 4-H Club. See TEACHER, Page A2 Pat Lindquist will be featured on "Hatteberg's People" on KAKE TV, Salina cable channel 10-, at 10 p.m. Sunday. Lindquist will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame June 1 and 2. "It's a cut in the increase, not a cut in spending," said Appropriations Committee member Rep. Melvin Neufeld, R-IngaiUs. But some legislators want to increase spending on public schools, and the state is obligated to keep up with the demand for some social services. Graves also proposed a 3 percent pay raise for government workers. The pressure for new spending has some legislators looking for ways to raise money. "The Legislature is still in shock," Nichols said. "It'll take a few days before some of the ideas are narrowed down." • DOWNED SPY PLANE Bush offers personal regrets as talks progress Both countries hold firm in public, send encouraging signals By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The United States and China intensified negotiations Thursday for the release of an American spy plane's crew, and U.S. officials said they were encouraged by the talks. President Bush, in a conciliatory gesture, expressed regret over the in­ flight collision that triggered the tense standoff. "The Chinese have got to act," Bush said, "I hope they do so quickly" China called the 24-person BUSH crew lawbreakers and said the servicemen and women would remain in China for questioning. Both countries held firm to their opposing positions in public — China demanding an apology. Bush refusing to offer one — but sent encouraging signals in a diplo- JIANG matic flurry. The administration's tone brightened as weary Bush advisers embraced the first notes of progress. In Santiago, Chile, visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin again said the United States should apologize for last weekend's collision. "I have visited many countries, and I see that when people have an accident, the two groups involved, the two parts, always say excuse me," Jiang said. Several high-ranking government officials said the situation improved practically overnight, though they still had no assurances the crew of 21 men and three women would be released. While most Americans slept. Bush's team worked on China time Thursday morning to open new channels of communications with Beijing. See CHINA, Page A2 WEATHER High: 74 Low: 50 Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. PAGE A4 Midwestern farmers, zoos and theme parks are pulling up their welcome mats due to fear their animals could pick up foot-and-mouth disease. PAGE A7 According to a new study, chunky heels are just as bad for the knees as spindly stilettos and are just as likely to cause knee arthritis. INSIDE Classified / 04 Comics /B4 Crossword / B4 Deaths / 83 Encore! / D1 Great Plains/ 81 Money/ A6 Sports / C1 Weather /A8 ^^ewpoints / A9 T SCHOOL FINANCE Fewer funds could hurt Legislators consider remaining options for school finance plans By The Associated Press With prospects dimming for a multimillion-dollar tax increase for education, legislators were studying how they could raise school funding significantly in the 2001 session. And in Salina, Superintendent Gary Norris said even if a modest funding increase were approved, the district could be faced with the need to increase the local-option budget to make ends meet. The local-option budget supplements state funding with higher local taxes. Members of the Senate Education Committee met Thursday to begin paring back a two- year, $263 million plan the full Senate had sent back a day earlier for revisions. The panel's work was shadowed by a development Wednesday that startled lawmakers: projections that state revenue will be $185 million less than expected for the rest of this year and next year. . That could force lawmakers to either cut the budget or increase taxes. Norris said the school district's lobbyist has told him there have been talks of cutting education funding to help address the revenue problem. "With the way the Kansas Legislature has been operating, it doesn't surprise me at all," Norris said. He finds that aggravating in light of the $800 million in tax cuts lawmakers approved in recent years. "It is exactly what we (the school district) had predicted — there would be shortfalls of money," Norris said of those tax cuts: . What's next? After weeks of lobbying for a more grandiose plan, education advocates hope to hold on to the $68 million increase that Gov. Bill Graves recommended and that both chambers already hav.e approved in a $9.11 billion budget bill. No new taxes would be needed for that increase. Sen. Lynn Jenkins urged committee members to "keep their heads about them" as legislators moved closer tp their . annual spring break. See SCHOOLS, Page A2

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