Wednesday, February 20, 2019

State budget doesn’t comply with statute

Governor Laura Kelly believes her budget "...restores fundamental principles of Kansas fiscal responsibility" but the state budget she submitted doesn’t comply with state law, according to former Kansas Speaker of the House Mike O’Neal....

KNEA opposes teacher supply stipend

Teacher unions have often complained about teachers having to use their own money to buy classroom supplies, but the state's largest teacher opposes districts being required to provide a teacher supply stipend of $500...

Sen. Denning: Star’s Legal Defense ‘Absurd’

The Kansas City Star wants a defamation lawsuit against it thrown out, because it violates the First Amendment. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning filed a defamation lawsuit against the Star in January after the paper published...

Media pushes Medicaid expansion with slanted coverage of Oswego hospital closure

An AON study for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Medicaid expansion would have netted Oswego Rural Hospital just $82,386 in additional revenue in 2018, but media used today's announcement of the...

Full House To Debate KPERS Re-Amortization Plan

Update: The House voted against the re-amortization plan Thursday afternoon by a vote of 87-36.  Members of the Kansas House will get their chance to debate the linch pin of Gov. Laura Kelly's budget proposal--the...

Right-sizing courts could raise judicial pay

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss wants another $22 million to improve judicial pay but right-sizing Kansas courts could improve pay without charging taxpayers more.  Nuss compared the plight of low-paid Kansas justice...

Bill sponsors still hard to find despite rule changes

HB 2175, sponsored by the House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development, would impose a monthly fee on any public employee who chooses not to join the union representing the employee's bargaining unit. ...

More money won’t end school funding litigation

Even if legislators give schools the extra $90 million per year that the Department of Education says is needed to appease the Kansas Supreme Court, the court could order a much higher level of...

Civil asset forfeiture reform gaining ground in Kansas

Civil asset forfeiture, or civil forfeiture as it's also known, is a process that allows law enforcement to confiscate private property that's allegedly been involved in criminal activity, and then keep or sell it. ...

Staff Buyouts To Shrink Star, Eagle Parent by 10 Percent

McClatchy, the parent company of the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle, announced it will offer voluntary buyouts to about 10 percent of its employees. McClatchy CEO Craig Forman made the announcement via email...

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