Monday, April 22, 2019

Kelly allows Farm Bureau health benefit bill to become law without her signature

A bill that will allow Kansas Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, will be state law in July. Gov. Laura Kelly...

Court rejects Kelly’s request to file school finance brief

The Kansas Supreme Court denied Gov. Laura Kelly’s request to file an amicus brief in the on-going school financing lawsuit yesterday. The Court rejected Kelly's request, noting amicus briefs must be filed 30 days...

Kansas ranked in bottom 5 for its state and local tax rates

Kansas ranks in the bottom five of states in tax liability according to a WalletHub study. “Kansas did pretty poorly,” said Michael Austin, director of the Sandlian Center for Entrepreneurial Government at Kansas Policy...

Legislators to consider work around to Kelly’s veto of ‘windfall’ bill

State lawmakers may make another try at returning the so-called federal tax reform “windfall” to taxpayers, despite a recent veto by Gov. Laura Kelly. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, told members...

New Study Suggests that Tax Increases and Worker’s Compensation Impact Kansas Economy

The annual Rich States, Poor States reports from the American Legislative Exchange Council came out this week. Kansas slipped in the rankings to 27th. Takeaways on the national level focus on spending, notably that...

Kansas’s economic outlook falls to bottom half nationally, annual study suggests

Kansas, once ranked in the top 15 in the annual Rich States, Poor States study, dropped to 27th place this year.  The study's authors, White House Advisors, and economists Art Laffer and Stephen Moore and...

Bill would create transparency, accountability for state incentive programs

Kansas lawmakers are likely to adopt legislation that will provide a new level of accountability and transparency to some of the state’s economic development incentive programs. House Bill 2006 would require regular legislative post...

Bill Allows Farm Bureau to Offer Health Plans

One of the last bills to pass through the Kansas Legislature before the recess for the spring break could give the Kansas Farm Bureau the ability to provide health plans to Farm Bureau members....

Plaintiffs to lawmakers: school funding increase falls short

Less than an hour after lawmakers adopted a school funding plan to add $90 million to public schools next year, an attorney for plaintiffs in a school finance lawsuit against the state said it’s...

Despite legislative trick, Medicaid expansion unlikely in KS this year

Sen. Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, submitted a motion to move a House bill for Medicaid expansion out of committee and onto the Senate’s debate calendar last week. Hensley offered his motion moments before...

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