Thursday, January 27, 2022

Kelly issues new disaster declaration — cautioned against overreach

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly again issued a disaster declaration on Jan. 6 -- the first such since the previous state of emergency was allowed to expire on June 15 of last year. Citing a recent...

Kansas Supreme Court reverses district court ruling on SB 40

The Kansas Supreme Court reversed a ruling from a district court judge declaring Senate Bill 40, -- which gave due process rights to those affected by a quarantine order -- unconstitutional; and issued a...

Chamber business leader survey shows taxes are too high in KS

The Tax Foundation last year said Kansas has the highest effective tax rates in the nation on mature businesses, and that sentiment is reflected in the annual business climate survey sponsored by the Kansas...

Kansas lost population in 2021, residents seek lower tax burden

New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show Kansas is one of 18 states that lost population in 2021.  Kansas had a net loss of more than 5,000 people from domestic migration, which...

USD 231 superintendent Pam Stranathan gets $425k gift from taxpayers

Student achievement steadily declined in Gardner-Edgerton under Superintendent Pam Stranathan.  The district consciously misled legislators, Stranathan asked county commissioners to give her board members political cover on mask mandates, and the district repeatedly attempted...

SMSD considers revoking mask-optional policy on Jan. 3

The Shawnee Mission school district (SMSD) has called an emergency board meeting on January 3 at 5 pm to discuss overturning their decision on December 13th that made masks optional for middle and high...

Hospitalizations and deaths much lower with Omicron

A report from the BBC says the Omicron COVID variant is much milder, and very early results indicate that certainly seems to be true so far in Kansas.  The first Omicron case in Kansas...

Coal power rising as administration restricts natural gas production

After years of dropping, global coal-fired electric generation has rebounded strongly in 2021. According to a report by the International Energy Agency, after falling by 3% in 2019 and 4.6% in 2020, global generation has...

Gov. Kelly: parents should butt out of curriculum issues

She said it more covertly than Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe but the message is the same -- Kansas Governor Laura Kelly believes curriculum decisions are for school officials and parents should butt out. Kelly...

SCOTUS to hear arguments on OSHA mandate injunction

Late last week the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals removed a stay on the Biden administration's vaccine mandate via OSHA for companies that employ more than 100 workers. A three-judge panel in a 2-1 decision dissolved...