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Wind energy powering jobs, revenue, report says

Scott Rothschild

Wind energy development in Kansas has produced more than 12,000 jobs, economic benefits for landowners, and put downward pressure on electric rates, according to a study released Monday by a pro-wind group. “The Sunflower State has one of the best wind resources in the nation, and the leadership in Kansas ...

Task force told out-of-wedlock births to blame for child poverty

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback's newly formed task force on child poverty was told Monday that the increase in "non-marital births" was a leading cause of child poverty. Ron Haskins, a senior fellow with The Brookings Institution, said that from a child's perspective, "They need a mom, they need a dad, they ...

Brownback issues same reconciliation week news release

Scott Rothschild

For the second year in a row, Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving week as a "Week of Reconciliation." In fact, his office issued the exact news release from last year. In the release from 2011 and today, Brownback said, “As we gather with our family and ...

Group says a number of Kansas Republicans support legislation authorizing the arrest of federal officials who implement Obamacare

Scott Rothschild

Twenty Republicans who are either already serving in the Kansas Legislature, or will be sworn into office in January, say they would support legislation to "nullify" the Affordable Care Act and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement it, according to a [survey compiled ...

Brownback doubts overall funding increase for higher ed, but sees additional dollars for specific projects; Governor also sees opportunities for the state in federal budget mess

Scott Rothschild

With state revenue shortfalls looming, Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday said there was little chance of an overall spending increase for higher education. But in a talk with the Kansas Board of Regents, Brownback said the possibility existed to provide additional dollars for specific projects at the schools. ...

Moran, Jenkins elected to leadership Republican positions

Scott Rothschild

Two members of the Kansas congressional delegation won leadership positions on Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, was elected to serve as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, was elected vice chair of the House Republican Conference. Moran will be responsible for ...

SLT on KDOT's to-do list

Scott Rothschild

The South Lawrence Trafficway project is the second most expensive project on the state's transportation to-do list that was released Wednesday. The estimated construction costs for the nearly six-mile stretch is $150 million, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. That was No. 2 behind the Johnson County Gateway interchange ...

KBA official wants to put controversies behind

Scott Rothschild

The Kansas Bioscience Authority is trying to regain its footing after a controversial period, officials said Wednesday. "We have to reaffirm and lobby and make the case that this is indeed extremely important," said KBA board member Jerry Boettcher to the Kansas Board of Regents. Regents members praised Boettcher and ...

Brownback says Kansas will always be part of United States

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas is staying put. "Kansas is and will always remain a state in the United States of America," Brownback said. As of this afternoon, more than 6,800 people had [signed][1] a [petition][2] urging that the state of Kansas withdraw from the United States and create its ...

School efficiency task force chairman says panel has broached sensitive topic of district consolidation

Scott Rothschild

A task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to make school spending more efficient has broached the politically explosive topic of consolidating school districts, the panel's chairman said Tuesday. "There really is no way to have a conversation about this without that coming up, however, so we are talking about ...

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