Thursday, July 2, 2020

Whistleblower alleges serious fraud, abuse at state agency

A whistleblower complaint by a former Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) employee alleges serious misconduct by the division management. The whistleblower, Jackie Craine, a former branch director of grant management for KDEM, and previous internal...

COVID mortality rate hits new low, Kelly imposes mask mandate

The COVID mortality rate in Kansas fell to a record-low 1.9% statewide, and the rate outside of state-identified clusters also set a new low of 0.9% on Monday.  On the same day, Governor Laura...

Gov. Kelly’s budget plan creates $1.5 billion deficit in 2022

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced budget changes last week that she said would close a $653 million deficit in the 2021 fiscal year starting July 1. The Sentinel reported that most of those changes...

Ruckus cancellation by KCPT seems related to conservative censorship

Kansas City public TV station KCPT announced today the effective cancellation of Ruckus, seen by many as the gold standard of public affairs programming that examines diverse viewpoints of local and state issues.  The...

Media crucified Brownback, but glosses over Kelly’s budget tricks

When Republican Governor Sam Brownback used budget tricks to avoiding spending cuts, media pounded him on the front page and in editorials.  But they give Democrat Governor Laura Kelly a pass when she does...

Oklahoma liberty group defends free speech suit

Questions surrounding where robust debate stops and libel begins are being asked in an Oklahoma lawsuit. Constitutional and legal issues being raised aren’t new as governments react to the COVID pandemic. But the recent...

Average daily COVID increase hovers around 1% in Kansas

Data released today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows the 7-day moving average of new COVID cases is just 1.3% per day, and up from 1.0% a week ago. A small increase...

Michigan decision rejects county’s ‘Dark Store’ appraisal theory

For years, Johnson County, and others, have -- illegally, according to courts -- been attempting to use a different method to calculate property tax values for so-called big-box stores, and falsely claiming stores want...

107,000 fewer private jobs since February, state loses 200

Editor's note: this story was revised on June 23 to reflect Oklahoma as being a locked-down state; we regret the error. Employment data released today for May by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kansas...

Employee Retention tax credit available for those who didn’t get PPP

Employers who either were unable to get a Paycheck Protection Loan, or for whatever reason were not eligible, may qualify for an Employee Retention tax credit under the CARES Act. The CARES Act Employee Retention...