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Brownback running for re-election

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback is running for re-election. A message recently sent to supporters seeks to raise funds for the 2014 election. "With your help, we're turning Kansas around," the message from Brownback says. Brownback, a Republican elected in 2010, says he turned a projected budget deficit into a ...

Kansas representatives illustrate divide over farm bill

Scott Rothschild

The chasm over the farm bill in Congress is no more evident than in Kansas where six conservative Republicans from an agriculture state are divided on the issue. On Thursday, the farm bill failed in the U.S. House, splitting the Kansas delegation. U.S. Reps. Lynn Jenkins, of Topeka, whose district ...

Roberts votes against farm bill, Moran votes for it

Scott Rothschild

Kansas senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran were on opposite sides Monday on the farm bill that was approved 66-27 in the U.S. Senate. Moran voted for the bill, while Roberts voted against it. In statements, the two Republicans gave their reasons. “The Farm Bill passed in the Senate meets ...

Kobach takes voter photo ID fight to Alaska

Scott Rothschild

Topeka —Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has taken his fight for voter photo ID to Alaska. In the process, Kobach, a Republican who has become a national figure on immigration restrictions and voter ID, has thrust himself into a state legislative battle and a U.S. Senate race there. Here's ...

House GOP leader says state employee furloughs possible unless budget approved; measure putting brakes on Common Core in the mix

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Republican leaders in the House told their rank-and-file members that they needed to approve a state budget Saturday or state employees would face furloughs. But some GOP House members said they felt like they were being given a take-it or leave-it option, and others said they would vote ...

Inadvertently sent Kansas Department of Revenue email shows expectation of revenue gain in May

Scott Rothschild

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback's administration expects tax revenue gains for the month of May, according to an email inadvertently sent Friday to the Lawrence Journal-World. The email, from Chad Bettes, who is a high-ranking official in the Kansas Department of Revenue, to Sherriene Jones-Sontag, spokeswoman for Gov. Sam Brownback, ...

NAMI report says Medicaid expansion would help thousands of Kansans living with mental illness

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — More than 21,000 uninsured Kansans with mental illness would receive needed treatment, and lives would be saved if Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature expanded Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new report says. So far, Brownback, a vocal opponent of the ACA, and his ...

Kansans paying 2nd highest state sales tax in nation on groceries

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — In all the furor over various tax proposals in the Legislature, one that has caught the attention of some legislators is reducing the state sales tax on groceries. People who buy their groceries in Kansas are paying the second-highest state sales tax in the nation on groceries. According ...

GOP tax plans would increase taxes on low-wage Kansans, decrease taxes for high-income Kansans, report says

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Taxes will increase for low-wage Kansans and decrease for those with higher incomes under plans being considered by Republican state legislators, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy looked at the various proposals before the Legislature that essentially increase the state ...

Senate, House dealing on tax and budget issues as wrap-up session continues

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed a 6.25 percent state sales tax rate and a 5.7 percent rate on food. House Republican leaders said they would come back later this afternoon to tell the Senate what they thought of the plan. The current state sales tax is ...

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