Monday, April 22, 2019

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...

Study: KPERS Funding Relies on High Returns

State pensions funding is one of those topics that no one pays attention to until there is not any. Yet, state-funded pensions are unfunded nationwide at alarming levels. A new study by the American...

Medicaid expansion advocates, opponents differ on cost of program

Medicaid expansion could cost the state more than $50 million next year and up to a half billion over the next decade. Kansas House members approved Medicaid expansion, adding a provision to help fund...

Bonds, Tax Burdens and Wichita’s New Stadium

The Wichita City Council gave the go-ahead to private development of a new $75 million stadium to house the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes, a triple-A minor league baseball team. Wichita has been working...

Veto override of SB 22 could begin tomorrow

It will be close if the legislature votes on whether to overturn Gov. Laura Kelly’s override of SB 22, and sources say the Senate will consider the prospect tomorrow.  Known as the “windfall” bill,...

Tax credit scholarships proposed for higher education

Representative Brandon Whipple (D-Wichita) is behind HB 2409, which would allow for tax credit scholarships to cover higher education, such as college, universities, and trade schools, for students who demonstrate financial need.  Kansas already has...

Proposal to create limited KS driver’s license for undocumented immigrants

A House committee is considering a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to a obtain Kansas driver’s license. Members of the Fed and State committee heard testimony on the legislation, HB 2003, last week. Kansas...

Effectiveness of incentives called into question

Incentives, also called taxpayer-funded subsidies, are ubiquitous in state and local government economic development efforts. The majority of incentives given to firms to relocate or expand a business typically take the form of cash...

House advances school accountability measures

Members of the House advanced legislation late last night that creates several school accountability measures. As the clock ticked to midnight, lawmakers forwarded, 63-60, a proposal that would require school districts to create and...

Commerce committee rejects David Toland nomination

A Senate Commerce committee is recommending that the Senate reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce. A divided committee voted 6-5 to reject David Toland  for the role after tense questioning during...

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