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Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Say hello to 47

    Faced with a $600 million school funding question mark and divided Legislature, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer was sworn in as Kansas' 47th governor Wednesday afternoon after the departure of former Gov. Sam Brownback, who accepted a position as ambassador at-large for international religious freedom under the Trump administration. 

  • 1/10/2018

    The big news of Tuesday's State of the State address was not just that it was given by Gov. Sam Brownback, who began relinquishing responsibilities to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer after announcing more than six months ago he had been nominated for ambassador of religious freedom by the Trump administration, but that he spoke of an additional $600 million over five years into school funding without a tax increase to pay for it.

  • Public comments wanted

    Both the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Supreme Court are reaching out to the public for input on items under consideration by both parties. KDOT is seeking public input for its Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT-HSTP) and the Kansas Supreme Court is accepting comment on proposed amendments to Rule 502, affecting continuing education requirements for municipal court judges.

  • State brief on school finance

    Governor Sam Brownback signed SB 19, the newest school finance legislation put forward by the Kansas Legislature, June 15 and the appellees (school districts) and appellants (State) of the Gannon v. Kansas lawsuit have filed their briefs prior to oral arguments which will take place Tuesday, July 18. IDR detailed major portions of the appellees' brief in the Wednesday edition and today will go into the State brief.

  • Primary election fallout
    In an evening of hotly contested political races, the voting public decided against several well-known incumbents.
  • Gov. Brownback cuts higher ed, Medicaid reimbursement
    Wednesday, Gov. Sam Brownback signed the budget he was provided by the Legislature while announcing $97 million in cuts to spending that the Legislature left up to him to make. 
  • 5/17/2016

    Human trafficking is an issue that many Americans don't realize exists. This modern day slavery most commonly rears its ugly head in the form of sex trafficking, mostly of young girls, and it exists all over the world today; even in the United States and even in Kansas. 

  • Virgil Peck to seek King's Senate seat
    Monday afternoon Representative Virgil Peck, Jr. (R-Tyro) announced his candidacy for the State Senate position that Senator Jeff King (R-Independence) will not be seeking re-election for. This announcement puts the District 15 Senate seat race between Republican Virgil Peck and Democrat Chuck Schmidt of Independence. 
  • State officials gather to revise revenue estimates

    After failing to hit monthly revenue targets 11 of the past 12 months, various legislative researchers, university economists and state officials met this morning in Topeka to make revisions to estimates of how much tax revenue Kansas will collect over the next year.

  • Kansas House nixes minimum wage increase

    Representative Jim Ward (D-Wichita) put forward an amendment to House Bill 2576 that would raise the minimum wage in Kansas to $13.25 over the course of three years and the amendment was wholly rejected and declared as a nongermane amendment. 

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