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Brownback says higher sales tax needed in case state loses school finance lawsuit

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback continues to try to build his case for making the 6.3 percent state sales tax permanent, instead of letting it fall to 5.7 percent. On Friday, Brownback said the state may need revenue from the higher levy in case of a ruling against the state ...

The fight over sales tax has consumed Kansas politics for three years

Scott Rothschild

It's amazing how much of the political fighting in Kansas is wrapped up in one penny that most Kansans pay every day without a fuss. Of course, the penny adds up to approximately $300 million a year, and is key to state budget and tax policy. During the Great ...

Roberts, Moran vote against expanded background checks in gun sales

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Kansas Republicans, voted against gun legislation that would have expanded background checks and other restrictions. The measure, put together by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, was in response to the Newtown, ...

KU outlines significant cuts if Legislature cuts higher education funding

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Kansas University's National Cancer Institute designation would be at significant risk if budget cuts proposed by House Republican leaders were enacted into law, officials said Wednesday. The leaders of state higher education institutions briefed the Kansas Board of Regents on the proposed cuts and said they stood with ...

Brownback wants interim study on higher education

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday said he wants the Legislature to conduct an in-depth study of public higher education in Kansas. Brownback's comments came as he lobbies fellow Republicans to keep higher education funding at current levels and reject proposed cuts. The GOP-dominated Legislature has proposed a 4 ...

Left- and right-leaning finance experts say Kansas tax changes worst in country over past two years

Scott Rothschild

The tax changes approved last year with only Republican support and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback are being called the worst tax measures passed by a state in the last two years. That's according to an article in Governing magazine [link text][1]that quotes right- and left-leaning financial experts. ...

Brownback launches Kansas River Development Committee

Scott Rothschild

**Topeka** - Not a good day weather-wise to showcase the Kansas River, but Gov. Sam Brownback and an enthusiastic group of supporters of the Kaw braved chilly winds Thursday to launch an effort to increase recreational use along the 173-mile river. "The Kaw is a tremendous asset," Brownback said ...

Is Brownback really looking at possible expansion of Medicaid under ACA?

Scott Rothschild

**Topeka** — Is Gov. Sam Brownback moving closer to siding with expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act? In a two-minute question and answer session with reporters, Brownback, a Republican who opposes the ACA, said his administration is looking at options and alternatives. "We're still working on Medicaid, ...

Optional rider for abortion coverage not available in state employee health plan

Scott Rothschild

Two years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that prohibits private insurance companies from offering coverage for abortions in their general plans except when a woman's life is in danger. Under the law, Kansas residents or employers who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies, known as ...

Senate approves bill allowing alcohol consumption in Statehouse

Scott Rothschild

A measure allowing alcohol consumption in the Statehouse was approved today by the Senate. Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said the proposal was aimed at allowing drinks to be served next year at an event to commemorate the completion of the lengthy Statehouse restoration project. Wagle said drinks would be ...

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