Friday, April 23, 2021

Pay increases, 9% property tax hike in Manhattan

Data from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows the City of Manhattan raised property tax by 9% last year, and some of that money is going for pay increases.  Payroll information was obtained in...

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...

Big pay hikes at KCK Board of Public Utilities

Big utility bills paid by customers of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Public Utilities helped fund some hefty pay increases for some employees last year.  The information was obtained in an Open Records...

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...

Kelly vetoes tax relief in SB 50, wants to keep ‘found wallet’

Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed SB 50, legislation that would have reversed state tax increases resulting from the 2017 federal tax cut.  A large portion of the nearly $100 million in annual tax...

2020 state payroll listing includes K-State coaches

In a break from past practice, the 2020 state payroll listing includes some highly paid coaches at Kansas State University.  Compensation for many college coaches is paid with privately raised funds and therefore not...

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...

KC Monarchs, Royals require masks to watch games

The Kansas City Monarchs, a minor league baseball team, will be allowing spectators this season, opening up season ticket sales late last month. While obviously good news for fans, according to Fox 4 in Kansas...

Blue Valley asymptomatic testing stirs controversy

A local pediatrician is questioning the logic behind a Blue Valley School District initiative that tests asymptomatic students for COVID-19.  “Why in the world would I ever put my asymptomatic kid in a position to...

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...