Kansas governor-elect lowers inaugural costs

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's inaugural committee has slashed the cost of a premium-seating package for her inaugural ball after the state ethics commission rescinded its approval of a higher-priced plan that appeared to exceed the legal limit for contributions.

The Associated Press obtained an email Wednesday from the inaugural committee's chairwoman saying the cost of a "gold" package for a table for 10 people had been dropped to $3,000. The price initially had been $10,000, which is five times the legal limit on individual contributions to inaugural committees.

The inaugural committee email said the ethics commission signed off an earlier email detailing the cost of ticket packages but "reversed" itself. The change came a day after AP reported on the inaugural committee's plans.

Previous story by Pilar Pedraza:

We're a month away from swearing in a new governor in Kansas.  Tuesday, Governor-elect Laura Kelly, (D) Topeka, and Lt. Governor-elect Lynn Rogers, (D) Wichita, announced early details of plans for their inauguration festivities.

Events will begin over the weekend before the swearing-in ceremony with a day of service and free, community celebration across the state on Saturday, January 12th.

Then, on Monday, January 14th, Kelly and Rogers will take their oaths of office at 11 am on the South Lawn of the Kansas State Capitol.  This event will also be free to the public.

That evening they'll celebrate at the Inaugural Ball at the Kansas Expocenter in Topeka, starting at 6pm.  Tickets must be purchased for this event.  The Governor-elect's transition team says those tickets will soon be available online.  Her spokesperson says they have not yet set the prices, specifically for table sponsorships at the ball.