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Kansas government

New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
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Regents chairman advises university leaders to show restraint in upcoming tuition proposals
April 16, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan on Wednesday told higher education officials they should hold the line on tuition this year. By Scott Rothschild
Regents leaders remain committed to disciplinary aspects of social media policy
11:03 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:55 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents leaders Wednesday said they would not back down from the disciplinary aspects of its social media policy for universities. By Scott Rothschild
Political analyst predicts Republicans will reclaim U.S. Senate
April 15, 2014
A well-respected political analyst told a Lawrence audience Tuesday night that Republicans appear likely to take command of the U.S. Senate following this year’s midterm elections.
Jenkins explains budget vote; tours local businesses
April 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday explained her vote in favor of a federal budget bill that she says would reign in the federal deficit, but which Democrats say would gut funding for domestic programs such as Medicare and student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Praeger, health care groups urge Brownback to veto bill allowing state to take over Medicare
April 15, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and senior citizen and health care groups on Tuesday urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that they said could jeopardize health care to hundreds of thousands of Kansans under Medicare. By Scott Rothschild
Regents committee will look at proposed revisions to controversial social media policy
April 15, 2014
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents this week will have their first discussion on proposed changes to their controversial social media policy. By Scott Rothschild
Moran receives award for support of research
April 14, 2014
On Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran received an award for his support of scientific research. Presenting the award was Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who worked closely with Moran when KU was trying to win a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer research center. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas budget could force court furloughs
08:43 a.m., April 14, 2014 Updated 10:55 a.m.
State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system. The Associated Press
Brownback signs law giving employers flexibility on employee hours
April 14, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a measure that continues a program that allows employers to reduce employees’ work hours to avoid layoffs, and then those employees could receive partial unemployment benefits. By Scott Rothschild
Analysis: Brownback will sign schools bill, ending teacher tenure
April 13, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is all but certain to resist pressure to veto a proposal that would end tenure for public school teachers, approved by the Legislature as part of a court-mandated education funding plan.
Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted
April 13, 2014
The proposal that does away with teacher tenure in Kansas was added to a school finance bill without any public input and lacks only Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature to become state law. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Supreme Court sets aside ‘Hard 50’ sentence
April 11, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court reversed the “Hard 50” murder sentence of a Wichita man on Friday, but refused to rule whether changes legislators made to the law last year can be applied.

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