Kansas government

Fact-checking Brownback’s claims on the economy: Only part of story being told
April 25, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration last week pointed to economic figures that it believes show the Kansas economy is improving. But a closer look at those figures, as well as other economic indicators, shows they only tell part of the story. By Peter Hancock
For Kansas, consensus on tax ideas is still elusive
April 25, 2015
Kansas is expected to increase taxes to close a budget shortfall, but the Republicans who control the Legislature don’t agree on the outlines of a plan yet.
Budget woes threaten highway program, group warns
06:20 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
As state revenues have fallen short of projections in recent years, Kansas lawmakers have taken hundreds of millions of dollars out of the State Highway Fund to pay for general government expenses, including education. A nonpartisan think tank issued a report Thursday warning that those raids on highway money now threaten some parts of the state’s 10-year transportation program known as T-Works. By Peter Hancock
Kansas ethics commission questioning some PACs’ names
10:03 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 11:15 a.m.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s political action committee might have to change its name to meet state ethics requirements and another PAC connected to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could face a similar problem, the executive director of the state’s ethics commission said.
Uber expands service to Lawrence, other Kansas cities
09:31 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Ride-hailing company Uber says it is bringing its service to four additional cities in Kansas Thursday, only days after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed regulatory legislation that the company said would lead it to leave the state.
Brownback does not offer comprehensive plan to fix budget but says he will work with Legislature
08:39 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration unveiled a package of modest budget adjustments on Thursday but did not offer a comprehensive plan for filling an estimated $400 million revenue shortfall in next year’s budget. By Peter Hancock
Business group launches Kansas radio campaign on taxes
April 23, 2015
A group representing small business owners has launched statewide radio ads in an effort to push Kansas legislators into keeping one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s key income tax policies.
Kansas officials report fewer earthquakes, but can’t yet say why
06:05 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
State officials say there has been a sharp decline this month in the number of earthquakes occurring in south-central Kansas. But they say it’s too early to tell whether that’s the result of new regulations restricting the disposal of saltwater from oil and gas wells in the area. By Peter Hancock
Big piece of plan for balancing Kansas budget is in trouble
04:51 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
An $80 million piece of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for balancing the next state budget is in trouble in the Legislature because a major health insurance company opposes it.
National reports show tuition rates rising as state funding for higher education declines
April 21, 2015
A pair of national reports released this month say tuition costs around the nation have risen as state and local support for higher education has declined. A similar trend has occurred in Kansas, according to figures from the Kansas Board of Regents. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers see $25M worth of school funding surprises
05:01 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Kansas faces an additional $25 million hit in its next state budget to provide the aid it promised to public schools — something officials learned less than three weeks after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to prevent such surprises.
Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd
6 Kansas school districts to close early, cite budget cuts
09:54 a.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
At least six school districts in Kansas plan to close a few days early this May because of budget concerns.
Kansas Gov. Brownback to take action on bill regulating Uber drivers
April 20, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback must decide whether to sign a bill that ride-hailing company Uber has said would drive it out of the state if it becomes law.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraudulent campaign loans
April 20, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities.

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