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ITEP report says race to no income tax based on flawed theory

Scott Rothschild

The effort by Gov. Sam Brownback and several other Republican governors to eliminate personal state income taxes is based on an economic theory that is "extremely flawed," a new report by a non-partisan research group says. Brownback has depended on the claims of supply-side economist Arthur Laffer that states without ...

'Celebrate Freedom Week' approved by House

Scott Rothschild

The Kansas House on Friday approved a bill that will require public schools to have a "Celebrate Freedom Week" every year in mid-September. Supporters said it would help students learn more about the early history of the United States and founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and ...

Senate Republican leaders say $10 million for KU medical building may be cut

Scott Rothschild

Senate leaders Thursday said Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal will be cut and that may eliminate $10 million to help Kansas University build a new health education building. "As you look at cuts, the easiest things to cut are projects that haven't started yet," said Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. ...

Measure banning "wrongful birth" claims approved by Kansas Senate

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Kansas Senate on Thursday approved legislation that critics said would allow doctors to withhold information about prenatal problems from pregnant women if they believe it would lead the mother to get an abortion. Senate Bill 142 bans civil actions for a claim of so-called "wrongful life" or ...

Brownback remains undecided on Medicaid expansion; supports adult stem cell center; declines to state position on drug testing welfare recipients and relaxing renewable energy standards

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said he hasn't made up his mind on whether Kansas should opt in to a federally funded expansion of Medicaid, but he expressed concerns about the future flow of dollars to the state from Washington, D.C. In a brief question and answer period ...

Poll shows low approval rate for Brownback

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback has one of the lowest approval ratings among U.S. governors, according to a poll released Tuesday, and is potentially vulnerable going into his 2014 re-election effort. However, the poll also showed there's no indication that Democrats can field a candidate who can defeat Brownback in ...

Senate committee recommends workers' comp bill backed by business, opposed by labor

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Senate Commerce Committee on Monday recommended approval of a workers' compensation bill opposed by labor and trial lawyers. Pro-business interests said Senate Bill 73 updated medical guidelines dealing with workers injured on the job and the employer-paid insurance system to compensate them. The bill would use the ...

Bill filed to require establishment of adult stem cell center at KU Med

Scott Rothschild

Topeka -- A bill pushed by abortion opponents that would require the Kansas University Medical Center to establish a center that focuses on adult stem cells has been filed in the Legislature. Senate Bill 199 would create the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. The measure is authored by 22 conservative ...

Realtors rally to oppose Brownback's plan to eliminate homeowner tax deductions

Scott Rothschild

**Topeka** — Realtors from across the state gathered Wednesday just outside Gov. Sam Brownback's office in the Statehouse to rally in opposition to a proposal by the governor to eliminate the homeowner mortgage interest and property tax deductions. Brownback has said removing the deductions are needed to balance the budget ...

Prayer list targets "dark spiritual areas" of Kansas, including Lawrence

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — A prayer list put out by the Capitol Commission, which is dedicated to spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ, calls for praying for "dark spiritual areas" of Kansas, including Lawrence. In a one-page list of Capitol Prayers being passed around the Statehouse recently, prayer is urged for a ...

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