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Kansas ranks 11th in nation in per capita spending on business incentives, according to New York Times database

Scott Rothschild

Kansas spends $1 billion per year on business incentives, which works out to be $355 per capita for one of the highest per capita costs in the nation, according to an in-depth analysis by the New York Times. Here is link to the report http://nyti.ms/11PaodV

Huelskamp booted from House Budget, and Agriculture committees

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, has been taken off the House Budget Committee and House Agriculture Committee, according to several reports. Earlier this year, Kansas legislative leaders voiced concerns that Huelskamp's run-ins with House Speaker John Boehner would jeopardize funding for NBAF. The Hutchinson News is reporting this is the ...

Challenges flared in Senate Democratic leadership races

Scott Rothschild

While most eyes were on the Republican leadership races in the House and Senate on Monday, challenges flared up in the Senate Democratic caucus. Outnumbered by Republicans 32-8, Senate Democrats generally stick together on issues and try to build coalitions with either moderate or conservative Republicans. On Monday, Senate Democratic ...

Sen. Wagle elected president of the Kansas Senate; Merrick new House speaker

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Kansas Senate took a hard right on Monday as Republicans elected Susan Wagle as the next Senate president to complete the conservative takeover of state government. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2012/dec/03/245751/ http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2012/dec/03/245752/ Wagle, R-Wichita, whose victory makes her the first woman to lead a chamber in the Kansas Legislature, has been ...

State library 'bookin' it' back to the Statehouse

Scott Rothschild

After a two-year exile to mobile units located outside the Capitol, the State Library of Kansas will be moving back into the building over the next couple of weeks to its newly restored digs. "I can't tell you how excited we are to get back in the Statehouse before the ...

Health care officials discuss raising medical malpractice cap, but urge caution

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Officials representing doctors and hospitals on Friday said the state needs to increase the current $250,000 cap for pain and suffering in medical malpractice awards, but take its time doing it. "That is probably something we are going to have to do in the next couple of years, ...

Conservatives are in the driver's seat in the Kansas Legislature; professors ask where they will take the state

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — A group of political science professors on Thursday said conservative Republicans led by Gov. Sam Brownback are in the driver's seat in Kansas and now the question is where will they take the state. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2012/nov/29/245554/ "The governor is going to be able to push through his legislative agenda ...

Kobach defends photo ID to vote; wants power to prosecute alleged voter fraud

Scott Rothschild

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems during the Nov. 6 general election with the photo ID requirement to vote, and he said he would push next year for the Legislature to give his office the authority to prosecute allegations of voter fraud. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2012/nov/29/245540/ "I ...

Kansas tied for 12th in high school graduation rate, according to new federal data

Scott Rothschild

Kansas' four-year high school graduation rate was tied for 12th in the country at 83 percent for the 2010-2011 academic year. The data released by the U.S. Department of Education represents the first-ever list detailing state-by-state graduation rates using more rigorous measures, the agency said. "By using this new measure, ...

Reports say Dole has been hospitalized at Walter Reed; Dole assistant says he'll leave hospital tomorrow

Scott Rothschild

Several outlets are reporting that former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has been hospitalized. In the past few minutes, a Dole assistant said he was in for a routine procedure. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2008/may/12/147122/ CBS News [reports][1]: > "He is at Walter Reed not for a > checkup," (Senate Majority Leader > Harry) Reid ...

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