June 23, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Author: Ellen Hathaway

Janus legislation allows public employees to leave unions at any time

The Kansas Legislature is considering bills that will bring the rights of public employees in line with a recent U.S.…

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Blue Valley school district has Democrat candidate speak to students

Students in the Blue Valley school district Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program attended an event on voting that…

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KS Dept. of Revenue shrouds Derby STAR bond project in secrecy

The Sentinel has been requesting sales tax data from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) to determine the effectiveness of…

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Wichita baseball stadium project has $101 million public funding

New information obtained by the Sentinel from the City of Wichita shows an estimated $101.4 million of public funds will…

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Proposed plastic bag ban may have net negative environmental impact

Now that Wichita’s new mayor and city council voted unanimously to create a task force to consider banning the use…

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McKinsey & Company selected over experienced, less costly firms for study

The Kansas Department of Commerce disregarded bids from experienced and less expensive companies to create an economic development strategy for…

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Commerce Committees hear about barriers in Kansas economy

The Kansas Senate and House Commerce Committee held hearings in Topeka this week on barriers to economic growth in the…

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NCTQ: Most Kansas university programs don’t effectively teach science of reading

Only a third of colleges and universities in Kansas are effectively teaching the science of reading, according to a new…

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Wichita baseball stadium project skyrockets to $210 million

Details buried in documents associated with the January 21st City Council agenda show the Wichita baseball stadium project has skyrocketed from…

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Medicaid expansion won’t save rural hospitals

Preventing rural hospitals from closing is one of the main arguments legislators face in the less-populated areas of Kansas, but…

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Ethics complaint: Sedgwick County Dems improperly report donations and spending

An ethics complaint filed against the Sedgwick County Democratic Central Committee (SCDCC) alledges the party is inappropriately hiding the sources of…

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FAQs on Kansas Medicaid Expansion with Beverly Gossage

Beverly Gossage is a consumer-based health care expert and is a senior fellow with Independent Women’s Voice. She is also…

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Tax increases on the table in Wichita riverfront design unveiling

After months of ‘no comment’ from city officials and downtown boosters, a sales tax increase in officially on the table…

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Olathe teacher seminar loaded with political bias

Several teachers walked out of an in-service presentation on finding reliable news sources when the presenter said Fox News should…

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Voters oppose tax increase for Wichita riverfront development

A new survey shows voters oppose a tax increase to pay for the Wichita riverfront development project being pushed by…

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Kansas private-sector GDP growth ranked #45

The tax-and-spend ways of the Kansas legislature over the last three years has been a serious drag on private-sector GDP…

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Kansas GOP leaders react to Medicaid expansion agreement

Over the weekend more Kansas politicians and stakeholders chimed in on the Medicaid expansion agreement announced last week in Topeka…

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Spirit Aerosystems lays off 2,800 workers in Wichita

Spirit Aerosystems announced layoffs of 2,800 employees at the company’s Wichita location. The layoffs are the impact of Boeing’s suspension…

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Kelly-Denning Medicaid expansion plan defies voters

Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning held a press conference in the Capitol rotunda to announce…

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What is Kansas Department of Commerce hiding from public scrutiny?

Two requests filed by the Sentinel under the Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) with the Kansas Department of Commerce for…

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Wichita approves sales tax increase and paying $3 million for a parking lot

A week after approving a 22% hike that customers will pay for a natural gas franchise tax,  For the second…

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Kansas drops to #34 in state business tax climate

Kansas dropped seven places in the Tax Foundation annual state business tax climate index. Kansas is in 34th place nationwide,…

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Instead of closing loopholes in the property tax lid, Rep. Rhiley wants to eliminate it

Kansas Representative Bill Rhiley (R-Wellington) says there are too many loopholes in the property tax lid and cities and counties…

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Wichita city council approves 22% gas franchise fee hike

The Wichita City Council unanimously approved a 22% increase in the franchise fee it charges by Kansas Gas at its…

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