Good morning for the last time this week.
▪ “For the last time, stay out of our uterus.” — Missouri state Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, expressing frustration over the House’s decision this week to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood services.
House Republicans led the way, opting to cut nearly $380,000 out of the 2017 budget. State Rep. Robert Ross, a Yukon Republican, said he didn’t want any state dollars going toward abortions. Beatty pointed out that Planned Parenthood provides services that have nothing to do with abortion.
▪ “I wish I had better news.” — interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley on the halt in pay increases and a university-wide hiring freeze that’s the result of a $32 million budget hole.
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The funding shortfall is due to a drop in enrollment and student retention in the wake of fall protests on campus. Administrators are expecting 1,500 fewer students to enroll this fall.
▪ “This prevents Kansans who might owe some money to the turnpike from registering their car.” — Kansas state Rep. Mario Goico, a Wichita Republican, arguing against a bill that could stop Kansans from registering their vehicles if they haven’t paid outstanding Turnpike tolls.
The House approved legislation this week cracking down on unpaid highway tolls. The Turnpike Authority could also assess civil penalties for toll evasion. Renewal of car registration could be denied if tolls aren’t paid during the renewal process.
▪ “My kids were embarrassed by it.” — Marco Rubio admitting that he went too far in his personal attacks against Donald Trump.
“If I had to do it again I wouldn't,” Rubio said. Even some of Rubio’s supporters, such as Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, are saying the tactic backfired.