In order to fix the inequity, the legislature increased funding into the formula by $135 million. The district court panel ruled the state had satisfied the equity aspect of the Supreme Court’s decision but held the case open for further monitoring.
Kansas Water issues
The Kansas Water Office in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Agriculture is holding the Kansas Water Vision Statewide Public Input Tour the week of July 7-11. The tour is the latest phase in developing the Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas plan. Last October, at the Governor’s Water Conference, Governor Brownback called on his administration to develop a 50 year plan for the future of water use in Kansas. As the Governor stated at the October conference, if no action is taken in the next 50 years, the Ogallala Aquifer will be 70 percent depleted. Also, the water reservoirs in eastern Kansas will be 40 percent filled with sediment and five of the seven major river basins in which reservoirs support the municipal and industrial use won’t be able to meet demands during a drought. The remaining date and location for the public tour is:
Friday, July 11 Ft. Scott – 9-10:30 am, Ft. Scott Community College, Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton
The Visioning Team, which consists of officials from the water officeand KDA, will begin drafting the final plan based on feedback from stakeholders, agency coordination and Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. They will provide public updates during the August 2014 KWA meeting. By early October 2014, the Visioning Team will complete a final draft of the Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas. The Visioning Team will present a summary of the plan at the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas in October 2014. For information on the plan and the process visit the Kansas Water Office website at:http://www.kwo.org/50_Year_Vision/50_Year_Vi
Ronald Ryckman’s political philosophy, leadership and grass roots style
The best legislation involves a collaborative effort between the people and their representatives. I encourage you to let me know your thoughts on the issues discussed by the legislature and others which might be affecting you. Please feel free to call (620.873.5273) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and I’d be happy to discuss any topic you are interested in. Thank you for the honor of serving you!
Ronald W. Ryckman, Sr.
State Representative, 115th District,
Office: (785) 296-7658
Vice Chair, Transportation
Utilities and Telecommunications