Something I noticed on the AP this morning was too much to pass up.
I was reading the stories about the state legislatures and how they are winding up their respective sessions.
Kansas is dealing with huge deficits and facing lots of cuts. Oklahoma is debating its state rock song.
I just thought the comparison was too much to pass up. Not sure what it means, but it does seem that oklahoma is not in as dire straits as Kansas.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Familiar budget problems and policy issues will face the Kansas Legislature when it reconvenes Wednesday, but its members likely will be dealing with a new governor as they wrap up business for the year.
They've been wrestling with the state's financial problems since they opened their annual session in January, and they must eliminate a projected $328 million deficit in the next state budget. They're pursuing some spending cuts and proposals to boost revenues, although not a general tax increase.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Conservative Republicans, frustrated by the governor's veto of a contentious embryonic stem cell research bill, capped off a zany week in the Oklahoma Legislature by kissing off "The Flaming Lips."
The rejection by the state House of "Do You Realize??" as the official state song is just one example of social conservatives showing their strength in a session dominated by debate over such things as a Ten Commandments monument, state sovereignty and "official English."
Meanwhile, after passage of a major legislative deadline, the fate of key programs of GOP leaders remains a question mark, most notably a bill making sweeping changes in the civil justice system.