Friday, January 22, 2021

KDHE quietly reduced cycle threshold on COVID tests

Earlier this month -- and without fanfare -- the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Health and Environmental Laboratories reduced the cycle threshold for its real-time COVID-19 test from 42 to 35 cycles. This comes...

Damaging COVID response, taxes top concerns of Kansas businesses

Kansas business owners believe the state’s COVID response damaged the economy more than necessary, according to an annual poll commissioned by the Kansas Chamber.  “It is no secret the shutdown and other restrictions by state...

Legislature debates extending COVID emergency declaration

When Rep. Pat Proctor, a Leavenworth Republican, casts a vote on whether to extend the state’s COVID emergency declaration, he will be thinking about the families of small business owners and their employees who...

Stanford study: no evidence that lockdowns slow COVID

A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University finds “no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs (more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions) on case growth in any country.”  The Stanford study examined COVID-19 case growth in...

Senate advances property tax transparency legislation

A property tax transparency bill is headed to the Kansas House of Representatives for consideration. The legislation, Senate Bill 13, would require local city and county governments to notify property owners and vote on...

Kelly admin pays Accenture $48 per hour for call center employees

With tens of thousands of Kansans out of work and waiting for unemployment pay, a Sentinel Open Records investigation shows Governor Laura Kelly's administration is paying Accenture $48 per hour to provide call center...

Legislators signal they’ll reject Kelly’s tax-and-spend budget proposal

Gov. Laura Kelly’s FY 2022 budget proposal appears to be dead on arrival at the Kansas Legislature. Her record-setting $8 billion General Fund budget increases spending by about $254 million (not counting the 'savings'...

De Soto students headed back to in-person learning Feb. 1

Middle and high school students in the De Soto School District return to full-time, in-person learning on Feb. 1.  That would make them the first to do so in Johnson County at this writing. The...

Trustees: Butler County Community College fails transparency test

ELDORADO -- Two Butler County Community College trustees say they routinely have trouble getting information to which they are entitled. Trustee Shelby Smith said he ran for the position specifically because of a lack of...

Lawmakers fast-track SB 13 Truth in Taxation property tax bill

The Truth in Taxation transparency measure vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly last year is back as SB 13, which requires city and county officials to be honest about the property tax increase they impose. ...