The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 20, 2001 · Page 1
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Rivals collide PAGE CI the FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Tallgrass prairie PAGE D1 T STATE BUDGET Graves wants more spending, tax increases Governor's proposals would add $15.6 million to deficit gap By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — A day after branding tax increases the best solution to the state's budget problems, Gov. BiU Graves outlined spending proposals that appeared to some legislators to force the issue. Graves Thursday proposed adding $35.5 million to appropriations already approved by legislators for the current and upcoming fiscal years. The total in- ^-.WCQ eludes nearly QRAVbS $20 million lawmakers already had anticipated spending to meet growing demand for social services. The governor also wants an. additional $9.4 million for state universities for operating expenditures and new equipment. The Senate Education Committee endorsed the same idea Tuesday, suggesting the money come from higher corporate, liquor or income taxes. University officials had complained that while Graves' original budget included money for a 6.2 percent faculty pay raise, it neglected other needs. Graves' new proposals would expand the gap between state spending and expected revenues to $221.6 million from the $206 million that legislators have been working to close. On Wednesday, Graves said he would support a wide array of tax increases to cover the difference. But the budget amendments he presented Thursday did not include specific suggestions. That led some legislators to suspect Graves was trying to force the issue of tax increases. House Republican leaders and many GOP senators have said the Legislature will not raise taxes. • Services at risk / Page B2 "If you raise base spending —• and the expectations are this is going to happen — then there's more pressure for a tax increase," said Rep. Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Budget Director Duane Goossen said Graves was simply proposing changes to his budget. He noted Graves endorsed adding nearly $3 million for more staff at the Department of Revenue, which has estimated it could collect at least $37 million more in delinquent taxes with the extra personnel. Also, the governor would use extra federal nursing home funds, spread out over several years, for health-related expenses. Where are the details? But some legislators wanted more detail from the governor. "How's he going to fund it?" said Sen. Jim Barone, D-Frontenac, a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Graves Wednesday denounced new budget plans from the House and Senate as too reliant on money that wouldn't be collected again in 2003. He also criticized the House plan for trimming $5.2 million of an approved $20.8 million increase for higher education — funds promised when the Legislature reorganized the system in 1999. Some lawmakers, meanwhile, had said Graves' original budget plan scrimped on operating funds for state Board of Regents universities and failed to provide money for technology His new plan would add $5.5 m;illion for operating expenditures and nearly $3.9 million for technology "He's trying to make amends to the regents, and I commend him for doing that," said Sen. Paul Peleciano, D-Wichita. Graves also proposed an additional $300,000 for the judicial branch. The Kansas Supreme Court says it needs the money to meet payrolls. Photos by EVAN SEMON / Kansas State Collegian Stephen Ambrose, Dwight Eisenhower biographer, delivers the 120th Landon Lecture Thursday in iManhattan. Talking Ike Ambrose ranks Eisenhower No. 1 among 20th century presidents By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Historian and best-selling author Stephen Ambrose's list of the centuries' greatest presidents since America's birth includes George Washington in the 18th Century, Abraham Lincoln in the 19th Century — and the 20th Century president who shaped modern America, Dwight D. Eisenhower. There are historians who would argue Franklin Roosevelt ranks higher in influence than Eisenhower "They're welcome to that opinion," Ambrose said with a smile as he delivered the 120th Landon Lecture on Public Affairs Thursday in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State Universi­ ty in Manhattan. Ambrose, the author of a two-volume biography on Eisenhower as well as four books about the Abilene native's World War II command and presidency, recounted Ike's life from his childhood through his career to his retirement. Ambrose's lecture appearance was part of a two-day symposium about Eisenhower and the 1950s taking place Thursday and today at the KSU campus and the Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abilene. Eisenhower possessed qualities that served to make him a leader who could bring syncopation to disparate fighting forces — vigor, integrity. See LECTURE, Page A8 Ambrose's lecture was part of a two- day symposium about Elsenhower and the 1950s taking place Thursday and today at the KSU campus and the Eisenhower Presidential Center. T LINDSBORG Applequist selling vintage cars Salinan specialized in collecting Ransom Eli Olds (REO) cars By TIM UNRUH The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — People came thousands of miles to see Quintin and Florence Applequist's REO Auto Museum, where vintage automobiles were displayed since 1988 in a renovated service station. Since the museum closed March 1, some of the sajne people have been coming to Lindsborg to purchase the prized antiques. "It's kind of like selling your kids," said Quintin Applequist, Salina, who acquired the first of his 40 cars in 1962. Retired from full-time work since 1975, the Applequists, 1210 Columbine Lane, are retiring from their hobby "I was getting too old," he said. "It was getting to be a chore." About two-thirds of the vehicles are gone, and about a dozen are left at the museum #amlfii I'M! 1 .r File photo Quintin Applequist stands beside one of his vintage cars in his REO Auto Museum in Lindsborg. on the eastern limits of Lindsborg. "Some of them are sold," Applequist said. "It's getting pretty sparse-looking." Staffed with volunteers, the museum attracted about 3,000 visitors a year. Admission was by donation. Time for a change At 82, Applequist said it was time for a change. He said weak interest in the museum from Lindsborg residents and heating bills of about $900 a month through the winter played a part in his decision to close. "They didn't realize we were there until we were leaving," he said of some local residents. The utility bills were "the last straw. But we were ready to do something else. I'd had my fun." Applequist thanked those who visited and the 30 volunteers who helped run the facility Kristi Lewis, executive director of the chamber of commerce, said the closing was met with sadness in Lindsborg, a town known for tourism. "It was an attraction that was open seven days a week, which was nice," she said. Travelers from as far away as northeastern New York state came to see the collection, she said. REO specialty Applequist specialized in collecting cars produced from 1905 to 1949 by Ransom Eli Olds, who made the Oldsmobile line from 1901 to 1904, but was forced out of his company Olds returned to the business a year later and made cars that bear his initials — REO. Applequist said he had the largest REO collection in the nation, including a rare 1932 Royale Roadster, and 20 other makes and models. See CARS, Page A8 T BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF KANSAS Salina office has no trouble hiring staff Around 600 people apply for 45 jobs at BCBS satellite office By AMY SULLIVAN The Salina Journal The plan to find new, qualified employees in Salina panned out for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. The insurance company announced in January it planned to open a satellite office in Salina and employ 45 people at $8.46 to $15.26 an hour plus benefits. About 600 Salina area people wanted the jobs, said Andrew Corbin, vice president of marketing, provider relations and reimbursement. That kind of response wasn't happening at the 1,900-employee Topeka office. "Having our offices tied up in one location doesn't serve us well," Corbin said With problems hiring and keeping employees, the company looked to expand. It considered 11 Kansas cities before settling on Salina. The 45 new employees were hired, and an 8,400 square-foot office on the second floor of the Bank of America building, 138 N. Santa Fe, was refurbished with cubicles, computers and a telephone system. Training started April 2, said Doug Scott, director of customer service for the Topeka and Salina offices. The Salina ribbon- cutting was Thursday The office will be fully operational around the beginning of July About half the new employees live in Salina, Corbin said. The rest- live in surrounding towns, with some commuting as far as 45 miles. Five Blue Cross marketing employees already worked in Salina at 119 W. Iron. They also moved into the new office. Extension of Topeka office The new employees work in three areas. Customer service employees answer questions from doctors and patients. The claims division employees enter data from claims forms into the computer system. Employees in the Medicare section answer doctor and patient questions. See OPEN, Page A8 WEATHER High: 82 Low: 53 Partly cloudy with gusty winds; chance of rain tonight. PAGE A3 A comprehensive study found that children who spend many hours in child care are more likely be aggressive and defiant. PAGE B1 With an annual goal of helping as many needy people as possible with food, the monthlong Project Salina effort is set to begin May 1. INSIDE Classified/ 05 Comics / B4 Crossword / B4 Deaths / 83 Encore! / D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / A7 Sports / 01 Weather/ A9 Viewpoints /All

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