Kansas government

Governor’s plan leaves end of Kansas income taxes uncertain
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback and his top aides can’t predict when Kansas will meet his stated goal of eliminating income taxes, now that he has slowed the implementation of promised reductions to stave off predicted budget cuts.
Behind the Lens: Pooling with the president
February 1, 2015
When Journal-World photo chief Mike Yoder told me that we had been offered a position in President Barack Obama’s press pool during his Jan. 22 visit to Lawrence, I believe I channeled Keanu Reeves when I responded, “Whooooooooaaaaa.”
Kansas GOP turns focus to Moran in 2016
January 31, 2015
Fresh off their sweeping electoral wins in 2014, Kansas Republicans are now focusing on U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, who will head the state party’s ticket in 2016. The state GOP held its annual convention in Topeka this weekend, where the mood was only partially dampened with news that the state, under Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, is now facing an even bigger budget hole than previously thought. By Peter Hancock
Kansas legislators divided on hate crime legislation
January 31, 2015
The fatal shooting of three people last year outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex by a white supremacist has revived debate for tougher hate crime laws in Kansas.
Kansas tax collections $47M short of expectations in January
09:55 a.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
The size of the state’s budget hole got bigger Friday when the Kansas Department of Revenue reported that January revenues came in $47.2 million short of projections. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Republicans hold Kansas Days convention
09:52 a.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:09 p.m.
Kansas Republicans are gathering for their biggest convention of the year.
Kansas bill would protect public comments from civil lawsuits
07:37 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Kansans would have more protection from civil lawsuits over public comments they make about public issues under a bill being considered in the Kansas House.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
Kansas House panel eases off plan to delay school aid funds
10:33 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Public schools would have to wait before getting some of the increased aid they were promised last year, and some of that increased aid could actually be cut under bills being considered in the Kansas Legislature. In fact, the Lawrence school district stands to lose $1.3 million this year under one bill being considered in the Senate. If that were carried forward into future years, it would effectively negate the property tax increase that voters in the district approved this week in a mail ballot election. By Peter Hancock
Kansas governor to announce nominee for state appeals court
09:17 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to announce his nominee for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Douglas County man appealing status as violent sexual predator
January 28, 2015
A Douglas County man who has been judged as a violent sexual predator will ask the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to overturn that conviction. By Peter Hancock
Kobach pushing bills to limit ballot withdrawals and to allow straight-party voting
05:40 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:00 p.m.
Last year’s controversy over Democrat Chad Taylor withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race is prompting Secretary of State Kris Kobach to push for changes in the state’s election laws. He also is pushing for legislation to allow voters to cast straight-party ballots. By Peter Hancock
Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count
January 28, 2015
In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama’s health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.
Kansas lawmakers move to block local gun regulations
12:32 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 10:56 p.m.
Local officials who already are barred from imposing restrictions on gun owners also would be prohibited from imposing special taxes on gun sales under a bill considered Wednesday by Kansas legislators.
With looming cash crisis, GOP leaders see need to fix Kansas budget quickly
10:42 a.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:02 p.m.
Faced with a looming cash-flow crisis, Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is urging lawmakers to move quickly on a bill to revise this year’s budget before the state runs out of cash to fund schools and health care programs.