Statehouse Live

Selzer names running mate; other Kansas gubernatorial candidates rounding out their tickets as well

Peter Hancock

Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer announced Monday that he has chosen Goodland businesswoman Jenifer Sanderson as his lieutenant governor running mate. Sanderson is the owner of a Sonic Drive-In franchise in Goodland and is a past chair of the board of trustees for Leadership Kansas, ...

Why Jim Ward’s exit from Kansas governor’s race could help Democrats in 2018

Peter Hancock

House Minority Leader Jim Ward’s exit from the 2018 race for governor in Kansas came as a surprise to some observers, but not much of a surprise to those who were paying close attention to fundraising numbers. Ward, a Wichita Democrat, had raised less than $100,000 at year’s end in ...

Corporate tax breaks part of final package being negotiated in Kansas Legislature

Peter Hancock

Two specific kinds of corporate tax breaks, the size of which officials can't even estimate yet, are at the center of bargaining between the Kansas House and Senate that threatens to push the Legislature right up to its deadline Friday night. Those tax breaks are part of an effort by ...

Senate tax bill sent to conference committee

Peter Hancock

The Kansas House on Thursday declined to go along with a Senate-passed tax bill that would cut state income taxes for most people, with Republican leaders saying there is still too little information available about what it would do to state revenues and the budget. The [Senate Substitute for House ...

School finance fix may be easier than first thought

Peter Hancock

Kansas lawmakers were told Wednesday that fixing an $80 million problem in the recently-passed school finance bill may be easier than many first assumed. During a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees, staff from the Legislative Research Department said lawmakers do not need to add another $80 ...

Battle over what to do with state's $534 million "windfall" set to begin; other budget talks also ramping up

Peter Hancock

House and Senate budget committees will be back at the Statehouse on Wednesday, one day ahead of the start of a nine-day wrap-up session, to begin work on crafting a final, "omnibus" budget bill that will determine how the state spends the additional $534 million it now expects to receive ...

Rescuing children and pets in cars, plus a few other bills recently signed into law

Peter Hancock

You might have the impression that all lawmakers have been doing is debating school finance, taxes and a few hot-button social issues like guns in schools. Make no mistake, those are huge issues for the state of Kansas and they deserve all the attention they've gotten. But it's worth pointing ...

Lawrence schools would gain big under cost study formula; Baldwin City schools stand to lose

Peter Hancock

A consultant's report recommending Kansas add upward of $2 billion a year in K-12 education funding would be a huge benefit for the Lawrence school district. But the Eudora and Baldwin City school districts would not gain much, and under some scenarios they would even lose some funding. That's the ...

Orman names GOP Sen. John Doll as running mate; senator will leave Republican Party

Peter Hancock

Greg Orman, an independent candidate for governor in 2018, has named Republican Sen. John Doll, of Garden City, as his lieutenant governor running mate. The announcement came in a news release issued around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. Doll, 60, was part of the moderate Republican wave in the 2016 election. A ...

The Statehouse guessing game: Who will be the next lieutenant governor?

Peter Hancock

As Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer prepares to take over as governor at 3 p.m. Wednesday, there is one question that seems to dominate almost every conversation in the hallways of the Statehouse: Who will be the next lieutenant governor? Under [Kansas law][1], Colyer will have authority to appoint the new ...

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