Saturday, October 16, 2021

Governor, KJI, Chamber, school boards weigh in on SB 40 lawsuit

Kristin Butler and Scott Bozarth wanted school officials to listen to their concerns, but they refused. Left with few other options, the duo--parents of children who attend school in the Shawnee Mission School District--sued, hoping...

Kansas paid Medicaid providers over $17 million for dead people

An internal state audit of the Kansas Medicaid system, released in late July, revealed $1.3 in inappropriate payments to the companies contracted to administer certain programs for people in the Medicare system who were...

Charter Commission chair cancels meeting, six members stay to listen to public

A formal public hearing before the Johnson County Charter Commission ended abruptly last night, but a handful of its 25-members stayed behind to listen to a boisterous crowd determined to address the group. Chair Greg...

Petition asks legislature to halt skyrocketing electric rates

Kansas has some of the highest electric utility rates in the region, with residents paying -- on average -- 25% more than neighboring states. That has been a millstone around the neck of economic development...

Olathe proposes 9% property tax hike despite $97 million in reserve

The Olathe proposed 2022 budget includes $97 million remaining in reserves in funds that receive property tax, a 9% increase in General Fund personnel costs, and a 26% hike in capital outlay in the...

Kansas Justice Institute files legal brief in defense of SB 40

The Kansas Justice Institute argues that a legislative overhaul of the Kansas Emergency Act, known as Senate bill 40, should be “celebrated, not criticized.” “Without it, everyday citizens were left without a voice, and without...

Hanzlick seeks to appoint, rather than elect, JoCo Sheriff

Johnson County Charter Commissioners are likely to debate whether to make the sheriff an appointed role rather than an elected one. It’s a move the current Johnson County Sheriff, Calvin Hayden, opposes. “We (sheriffs) work...

Some local officials won’t be honest about property tax

Local officials not being honest about property tax was the impetus for the new Truth in Taxation Act, and some of them still aren’t being honest. During last week’s revenue neutral property tax hearing, Allen...

Biden proposal would give the IRS access to your bank account

Tax law and federal budgets are inherently boring things, so it comes as no surprise that language is often slipped into those bills that would otherwise cause outrage if proposed individually.  Like giving the...

Mask mandates increase voter support for parental choice

Masks are doing for school choice what years of advocacy has not: Increasing Democratic support for parental choice. That’s according to recent polling by Echelon Insights reported in the Wall Street Journal. The poll of...