Politics

Senate committee to hear proposal for new school finance formula
05:59 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has introduced a new school finance formula that would return the state to a per-pupil funding system, but would significantly change the kinds of weightings used to provide additional money for higher-cost students and districts. The panel will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
New plan to control mental health drugs advances in Kansas
March 23, 2015
A new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.
On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate
March 23, 2015
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn’t cooled much, and the permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
Kansas Senate panel reworks budget as support in House erodes
03:10 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee decided to keep a $9.4 million cut to the Kansas University campus in Lawrence, but deletes the transfer of that money to the KU Medical Center campus in Wichita. It also deleted a proposed $2 million increase in student financial aid, but left in a requirement that 75 percent of the remaining aid go to students from private independent colleges. The changes were in response to a growing perception that the House may not have enough votes to pass its own bill. By Peter Hancock
Kansas patrol chief’s appointment endorsed by Senate panel
09:51 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 01:08 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of a veteran Kansas Highway Patrol officer as the agency’s superintendent has been endorsed by a state Senate committee.
Analysis: Kansas GOP lawmakers set up debate on higher taxes
March 22, 2015
Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are boxing themselves into considering tax increases by drafting proposed budgets in both chambers that don’t balance without them.
School board candidate profile: Shannon Kimball
March 22, 2015
Kimball, 41, is seeking her second term on the Lawrence school board after winning a seat in 2011 and spending this school year as the board’s president.
School board candidate profile: Jessica Beeson
March 22, 2015
Jessica Beeson, the director of alumni and community engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Ronald Gordon-Ross
March 22, 2015
Right up on there on Ronald Gordon-Ross’ bucket list, along with visiting Venice and flying in a jet fighter, is serving on a local school board. Gordon-Ross, 40, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to one of the four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Lindsey Frye
March 22, 2015
Lindsey Frye, a denied medical claims collector for Apria Healthcare, one of seven people running for a four-year term on the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Bob Byers
March 22, 2015
Bob Byers, an employee in the state social work department for about 30 years, is one of seven people running for a four-year term for the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Jill Fincher
March 22, 2015
Jill Fincher, a member of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, is one of seven candidates running for four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Rick Ingram
March 22, 2015
In 2011 Rick Ingram was elected to the Lawrence school board for the first time, and now he’s running again, along with six others, for four spots, each worth a four-year term.
Guns, abortion and budget on tap as Kansas Legislature heads into final stretch
March 21, 2015
Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they’re generally pleased with the progress of the 2015 legislative session. But the final two weeks of the regular session could be trying, as lawmakers grapple with bills ranging from abortion and concealed carry of handguns to the state’s budget for the next two fiscal years. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence City Commission candidates speak on tax incentives, eco devo issues
March 21, 2015
Economic development debates can leave calculators smoking at Lawrence City Hall. They’re also creating heat on the campaign trail. How the commission has used tax breaks and other financial incentives to attract jobs and development has become an issue among the six candidates seeking three at-large commission seats in the April 7 election. Here’s a look at what City Commission candidates are saying about tax incentives and other economic development matters.