The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 4
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A4I MONDAY, APRIL 23. g001 GREAT PLAINS THE SAUNA JOURNAL Graves / Change instance is noticed FROM PAGE A1 The contradictions have been noticed in the Statehouse. "I don't think there's any question it's really easy in this place to get caught in your inconsistencies," said Rep. Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The hole in the budget -has sent legislators scrambling for solutions. They can trim approved spending or find new sources of money They also can resort to some gimmicks. One House proposal is to delay state payments for a week to doctors, clinics and hospitals that provide medical services to the poor. It pushes $10 million worth of payments out of fiscal 2002 and into fiscal 2003. Both chambers' plans call for tapping extra nursing home fund payments from the federal government. Last year, legislators put the money into a trust fund to start a program this July 1 to help seniors facing high prescription drug costs. The payments stop in 2002, but the money would finance ongoing programs. The same plans would suspend contributions for a year to a death and disability fund for state employees, which officials say has more than enough money now to pay benefits in fiscal 2002. Graves says both budget plans would create disaster in fiscal 2003. But Graves doesn't oppose the manner • in which legislators want to use the extra nursing home money, only how quickly they would spend it. And it was at Graves' urging that legislators approved a moratorium on death and disability payments last yean As for the disaster looming in 2003, it has been on the horizon for months, even before state forecasters slashed revenue es-' timates April 4. The budget that Graves proposed in January would have kept state commitments to higher education and transporta­ tion, but it also would left minimal flexibility — only $U.5 million to cover extra spending. Even before he delivered his State of the State address, revenues were falling short of the estimates upon which he based his recommendations. "His own budget numbers tanked," said Rep. Rocky Nichols of Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. But the bigger problem for Graves is his past rhetoric on taxes. Graves took office in January 1995 by promising to contmit himself to good fiscal management. In his first State of the State address, he declared, "An essential element is a government willing to do more with less." With the economy vibrant and revenue collections booming, taxes were cut in 1996,1997 and 1998. In the campaign for the August 1998 Republican primary he portrayed himself as a more dedicated tax-cutter than his conservative challenger, and won by a crushing margin. And he vowed, in his 1999 State of the State speech, to stay true to that record. "Many have speculated, with election to my final term as governor, that my commitment to the people of this state to reduce their tax burden will wane," he said. "It will not; it cannot; it must not. Taxes are too high, and they must be reduced." Even after his commitment did wane — he abandoned a 1998 campaign pledge to eliminate vehicle property taxes because state finances were too shaky — Graves maintained the rhetoric. In last year's State of the State address, he cautioned publicly against "the easy way out," or reversing the progress made during his administration by increasing taxes. Graves helped create an expectation that the state wouldn't have to increase taxes. Indeed, early in his administration, one of the goals of strong fiscal management was avoiding the need for future increases. T GUN SHOW Ruby Ridge survivor speaks at gun show By The Associated Press tJNCOLN, Neb. — Nearly a decade after federal agents killed his wife and son during the controversial Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho, Randy Weaver is still not a big fan of federal law enforcement. "When they put Tim McVeigh on the table to die May 16th, it would be great if you could get 40 federal agents on the table next to him," Weaver told the Lincoln Journal Stan Weaver, in Lincoln for a weekend gun show at State Fair Park, said he appears at a couple of shows each month as a memorial to his wife, Vicki, and their son, Sam, who was 14 when he was killed in the siege. Weaver's wife, child and Deputy U.S. Marshal William E Degan were killed near the start of an 11-day siege outside Weaver's northern Idaho cabin in August 1992. Sam Weaver and Degan died during an exchange of gunfire Aug. 21. 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