Friday, August 14, 2020

Kansas Adds Jobs; Unemployment Drops

Unemployment edged even lower and Kansas added thousands of jobs in February, the Kansas Department of Labor reported today. Kansas added 4,200 non-farm jobs last month, marking the biggest monthly job gains since 2012. The Department...

Survey Says Topeka Ranks Low in Well-Being

Topeka has the fourth lowest well-being in the nation, or 185th out of 189 communities, according to a Gallup Healthways survey. The survey examined well-being in 189 communities. Only Fort Smith, Arkansas; Hickory, North...

Family of Slain Vietnam Vet Ups Reward for Info

  On February 27, Vietnam veteran David Lenox took his dog Snickers for a walk outside the Willow Creek Apartments in south Kansas City where he lived only to be shot and left for dead. This...
gun bill

Truth Caucus, 2A Supporters Question Senate Leadership

The Kansas State Rifle Association is regretting its decision to endorse Senate President Susan Wagle and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning last fall. Denning, an Overland Park Republican, used a legislative procedure known as...
school funding

Legislators Draft School Funding Plan

Lawmakers released a school funding plan that would add $75 million to Kansas public schools. Details of the plan trickled out for a few days ago, but dollar amounts were announced yesterday. The Kansas Supreme...
sales tax

House Committee Considers Taxing Personal Services

Should services be taxed? And if so, which services? Lawmakers wrestled with those questions during a House Tax Committee hearing for a bill that would tax services like haircuts, tattoos, and gym memberships. Professional...

Superintendent Org Opposes SMSD’s School Funding Solution

The Kansas School Superintendents Association took the unprecedented step of opposing a school financing solution proposed by Shawnee Mission School District superintendent Jim Hinson. Hinson met with lawmakers last week to detail recommendations for a...

House Committee to Consider Simon’s Law

A doctor can place a do-not-resuscitate order on a minor’s chart without parental notification or consent. It’s a lesson Sheryl Crosier learned the hard way. Crosier lost her son, Simon, after doctors placed a...

An Uber Pol in Kansas? Software Exec Eyes KS Politics

An uber-wealthy tech guy is moving to Lawrence and may be considering a political run in Kansas, according to the New York Times. Brian McClendon, Uber's head of mapping, told the Times he is stepping down...
gun rights

KU Profs Worry About Free Speech in Campus Carry Debate. Seriously?

Faculty members at the University of Kansas, or so the Daily Kansan would have us believe, are "concerned about free speech at the university." This worry is somehow heightened by the "upcoming implementation of concealed...