Sunday, October 13, 2019

Kansas trails the nation in handling dyslexia in education

Kansas is one of seven states that has no legislation regarding dyslexia in Kansas schools. Legislation regarding dyslexia ranges from screening requirements to intervention requirements. According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), 85% of...

Little transparency on JCERT sales tax in Johnson County

Voters approved a 1/8 cent ($0.125) sales tax in 2008 for the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), which advocates promised would deliver $1.4 billion in economic impact over its first two decades and...

Nurse practitioner reform: better healthcare access, lower cost

March 20 was the worst day of the 2019 legislative session, according to Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins. That’s the day a coalition of Democrats and left-leaning Republicans overruled the chair of the...

Kiplinger: Kansas is 10th least friendly state for taxes

While Governor Kelly’s tax council is exploring options to raise taxes to pay for explosive state spending, the Kiplinger financial report shows Kansas is the 10th least friendly tax state in the nation. Kansas has one of...

AG Schmidt slaps back at Kelly administration sales tax directive

A sales tax directive, issued by Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration, exceeds the Governor’s authority, according to a legal opinion issued today by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office. Kelly’s directive, issued on Aug. 1, would require all...

Kansas #43 in 2Q personal income growth

Data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Kansas ranked #43 among the states and the District of Columbia for personal income growth, comparing the second quarter of 2019 with the first quarter. ...

Walk tours sell Wichita riverfront development without Century II

Urban Exploration, the next phase of the sales pitch for what to do with Wichita's Century II convention hall took place on Tuesday and Wednesday on the east river bank. What was billed as...

Conference asks: Can school choice defeat poverty?

Lisa Watson has a calling: to get kids out of failing schools. The Kansas City, Kansas woman is helping organize a school choice symposium on Nov. 2.  Watson hopes to provide 'escape routes' to parents...

Tax reform council focuses on paying for more spending

Tax reform is usually associated with attempts to reduce taxes, but the first day of hearings at Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform was laser-focused on how to pay for rapidly-growing government...

Overland Park may scrap Metcalf Crossing incentive package following project delays

A delay may result in the city of Overland Park scrapping the Metcalf Crossing private-public partnership to demolish two old hotels and redevelop on the corner of Metcalf and Shawnee Mission Parkway. Performance milestones included...