Monday, June 14, 2021

Biden’s “30 by 30” land grab worries Kansas and Nebraska producers

Shortly after taking office President Joe Biden signed an executive order ostensibly to protect the nation's "natural heritage."  The "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful" plan -- often referred to as the "30 by 30"...

Attorney General Derek Schmidt to intervene in SB 40 case

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced yesterday that his office is intervening in an SB 40 case. The AG's office made its announcement after a district court judge issued a preliminary order inviting the...

Kelly admin adds to strife for unemployed fraud victims

Many unemployed Kansans have had to wait months for unemployment benefit checks due to what media would call bureaucratic incompetency if a Republican was governor, the Kelly administration now tells them to go to...

JoCo health officials require masks on kids in summer camp

COVID transmission outdoors is virtually zero, and emails reveal that public health officials believe masks are ineffective barriers to viruses. However, Johnson County Parks and Rec officials require unvaccinated employees to don facial coverings...

Appraisers hiked Kansas home values 5% last year

County appraisers hiked home values by 5.2% last year across Kansas.  The average increase on homes that existed the prior year jumped by about 4.2% and new construction added another 1%.  Appraised values on...

Kansas joins other states in offering vaccine raffles at Speedway

Gov. Laura Kelly is partnering with the Kansas Speedway to provide incentives for COVID vaccination and testing this weekend. Kansans who receive a vaccine jab or take a COVID test at the two-day event...

KASB effectively criticizes school districts for low teacher pay

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) is a membership group funded by local school districts, so it was quite surprising to see them criticize their members recently for low teacher pay. The column...

Parent says SMSD retaliated against students with mask exemptions

Mistreatment of children with mask mandates surfaced in district court this week in a lawsuit prompted by the Shawnee Mission school district allegedly refusing to follow state law. Parents of Shawnee Mission School District...

Rich States, Poor States: Kansas is #39

Just a few years ago, Kansas was ranked #20 in economic performance in the annual Rich States, Poor States publication from the American Legislative Exchange Council.  But the 2021 Edition has Kansas at a...

LCC allows 15-day emergency extension, signals June 15 end

The emergency order is still in place, but Gov. Laura Kelly’s emergency declaration likely will end on June 15. The Democratic Governor initially sought a 30-day extension of the emergency declaration through June 27....