Kansas government

Brownback announces $280 million in allotment cuts to fill budget shortfall
10:37 a.m., December 9, 2014 Updated 03:56 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced plans Tuesday to fill a $280 million shortfall in the current fiscal year’s budget, but officials insisted the cuts will not affect K-12 education, higher education or public safety. But those cuts will do nothing to address the additional $436 million shortfall projected for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That job will fall to the Kansas Legislature which convenes Jan. 12 for the start of the 2015 session. By Peter Hancock
Former assistant D.A. James McCabria sworn in as Douglas County District Court judge
December 8, 2014
Former senior assistant Douglas County district attorney James McCabria was sworn in to his new position as Douglas County District Court judge Monday, filling the vacancy created by Judge Michael Malone’s August retirement.
Enrollment grows slightly at all state universities in Kansas
December 8, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents says enrollment grew slightly at all six state universities this fall. Only Washburn University in Topeka saw a decrease in enrollment. By Peter Hancock
Preliminary injunction sought in Kansas gay marriage case to force full recognition of marriages
11:15 a.m., December 8, 2014 Updated 04:08 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday expanded its lawsuit challenging the state of Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage by asking a federal judge to order the state to recognize marriages that have already been performed here and in other states.
Governor has spot to fill on Kansas appeals court
December 8, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s working on filling a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals created when one of its judges was appointed to the state Supreme Court.
Kansas governor working on proposed budget fixes
December 7, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls, leaving officials and lawmakers to speculate about the proposals he’s expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.
Brownback moving ahead on 50-year water vision
December 6, 2014
A long-term plan for the future of water resources in Kansas calls for dredging many of the state’s lakes and developing new sources for water, including the Missouri River. But those efforts will also require additional revenue, as well as cooperation from other states. By Peter Hancock
KU sees slight enrollment increase for 2014-2015
December 5, 2014
Total enrollment at Kansas University grew less than 1 percent this year. Official enrollment this fall is 27,983. That includes 24,612 on the Lawrence campus and 3,371 at the Medical Center in Kansas City. By Peter Hancock
State officals worry about EPA proposals to cut power plant emissions
December 5, 2014
The Kansas Electric Transmission Authority said Friday the EPA may be moving too fast to implement a Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. But one legislator who serves on that board went further, challenging the science that shows carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to global climate change. By Peter Hancock
Kansas, Planned Parenthood settle abortion lawsuit
December 5, 2014
A federal judge says Kansas and Planned Parenthood have settled a lawsuit filed by the group over a requirement enacted last year for abortion providers.
Stegall takes seat on Kansas Supreme Court
08:07 a.m., December 5, 2014 Updated 03:05 p.m.
Caleb Stegall is now a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court after serving as a lower-court judge and as a top aide to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas tax agency hires House committee chairman
December 5, 2014
The retiring Taxation Committee chairman in the Kansas House has taken a job with the state Department of Revenue.
Kansas lawmakers attend ALEC meeting in D.C.
December 4, 2014
At least 18 Kansas lawmakers are attending a meeting this week of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The conservative group promotes pro-business model legislation in statehouses around the country, but it has come under fire in recent years for its support of gun rights and opposition to clean energy regulations. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins blasts Obama as House passes compromise tax bill
December 3, 2014
The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday providing one-year extensions of several business and individual tax credits and deductions after the White House threatened to veto a more extensive tax bill. But the battle over tax cuts is likely to resume in January when Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.
Students receive part of $1,800 records request seeking Kochs’ influence on hiring at KU
December 3, 2014
A student group investigating the Koch brothers’ influence on Kansas University has received some of the $1,800 worth of documents it requested from the university. Schuyler Kraus, KU senior and president of Students for a Sustainable Future, said that she believes the documents returned so far reinforce her group’s concern that the Kochs are buying their way into the university and spreading their political ideology under the guise of academia. School of Business representatives — including one of the faculty members students are looking into — dispute that theory. By Sara Shepherd