Tuesday, June 28, 2022

GOP leaders to Governor: Stop illegally spending COVID relief funds

Republican leaders in the Kansas House and Kansas Senate will consider legal action against Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration over its COVID relief spending. In a letter to Kelly, Senate President Ty Masterson, Speaker of the...

Kelly vetoes tax relief in SB 50, wants to keep ‘found wallet’

Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed SB 50, legislation that would have reversed state tax increases resulting from the 2017 federal tax cut.  A large portion of the nearly $100 million in annual tax...

David Toland draws two salaries as Lt. Gov. and Commerce Sec.

Recently-sworn-in Lt. Governor David Toland will be continuing to serve as Secretary of Commerce during his tenure -- and will receive both his $123,000 a year salary as Commerce Secretary as well as approximately...

US Supremes Back Louisburg Woman in Religious Freedom Case

High marks to KCUR for reporting fairly on a story about Louisburg woman Mary Ann Sause whose day in court lasted several years and ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court. Five years ago, Sause,...

Cities, counties use your money to fight property tax relief

City and county officials often justify tax increases as being necessary to provide services demanded by residents.  But if they oppose a service you want (like property tax relief), they use your money to...

Lawmaker: When Is the Day We Can Discuss Medicaid Expansion?

Democrats in the Kansas House attempted for the fourth time this year to attach a Medicaid expansion to other legislation on Thursday. As in previous attempts, the House rules committee determined the amendment wasn't...
Kansas tax policy

Reason Magazine Writes Reasonable Autopsy of Kansas’ Tax Policy

Reason Magazine draws thought-provoking conclusions in its autopsy of the Kansas tax policy the legislature just scrapped. The writer, an intern, notes that the articles trickling out in the mainstream media are thoughtless, over-simplified piffle paffle. "Media coverage...

Senate, House to Work Out Details of School Finance Bills

After several Senators changed their votes and a call of the Kansas Senate was rescinded, 21 Senators voted passed a school funding bill that would add approximately $274 million in new spending to public...

7 Kansas counties have more government jobs than private jobs

The Kansas Department of Labor just released data showing seven counties had more government jobs than private-sector workers in the fourth quarter of 2019.  It’s likely worse now since about 107,000 private workers lost...

Goddard superintendent uses brother’s law firm to sue vaping manufacturer

The USD 265 Goddard Public Schools Board of Education approved a resolution on Monday night to file a lawsuit against Juul, a major manufacturer and distributor of e-cigarettes and vaping products in the United...