Friday, April 23, 2021

Pratt chamber won’t answer questions about social justice survey

A "community survey" from the Pratt Chamber of Commerce raises a lot more questions than those in the survey. An email obtained by the Sentinel from Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kimberly DeClue...

Homeschool households doubled during pandemic, Census reports

The number of homeschool households doubled in the U.S. between spring 2020 and fall 2020, according to a U.S. Census survey. Last spring, approximately 5.4% of U.S. households with children reported homeschooling. The number...

KDOR won’t substantiate claims in effort to defeat tax relief

The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) sent a memo to a few legislative leaders in a thinly-veiled effort to give Governor Laura Kelly cover to veto tax relief in Senate Bill 50.  The March...

Olson flip-flop kills education choice, school funding bill

An education funding bill that included expanding a tax credit scholarship program and providing parents education savings account options for K-12 students died on a tied vote last week. Substitute for Senate Bill 175...

Property taxes jump again but help is on the way

This year, many Kansas taxpayers will still see their property taxes go up, and in many cases, four to five times the rate of inflation.  Indeed, Manhattan increased property taxes 9.1%, Andover went up...

Testimony: Utilities could have avoided winter storm price hikes

When "Winter Storm Uri" hit in February, it plunged the nation into a deep freeze, causing rolling blackouts across the center of the nation and caused natural gas and electricity prices to soar. In Kansas...

State, county officials grapple with mask mandates under new law

Kansas counties shifted gears on mask mandates as Senate Bill 40 became law. Kansas’s largest counties are taking different approaches to mandates under the new law,  which updated the Kansas Emergency Management Act.  Sedgwick County,...

Eagle reporter fails objectivity test in story about earthquakes

The Wichita Eagle reporter tasked with taking an allegedly unbiased look at climate change has once again allowed her biases to leak through in her reporting, this time on earthquakes. On March 21, 2021 the...

Mask mandates had no impact on COVID case growth

When Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a new statewide mask mandate in November, 38 counties adopted it, 43 counties rejected her mandate, and 24 counties continued their enforcement of her July mandate.  But 17...

SB 212: who determines which vaccines are mandatory?

Lawmakers wrestled with who decides which vaccines are mandatory for school children during a hearing on Tuesday -- KDHE Secretary Lee Norman or the legislature, as proposed in SB 212. This KDHE immunization memo...