Sunday, October 13, 2019

Overland Park may scrap Metcalf Crossing incentive package following project delays

A delay may result in the city of Overland Park scrapping the Metcalf Crossing private-public partnership to demolish two old hotels and redevelop on the corner of Metcalf and Shawnee Mission Parkway. Performance milestones included...

KC Star ignores reality in its push for higher corporate taxes

The Kansas City Star says “there is now growing evidence that corporate taxes are too low in Kansas,” because corporate income tax collections for the first two months of the fiscal year were 27%...

Goddard school lawsuit raises ethics concern

Following the announcement of a lawsuit against vaping manufacturers Juul at a press conference, a journalist asked Goddard Superintendent Justin Henry, “I noticed a lawyer with the law firm shares your last name. Are...

Salina to build “Cadillac” gun range, despite redundancy of service nearby

The city of Salina is building the “Cadillac” of law enforcement training facilities, even though the Kansas Highway Patrol’s primary training campus is in the same community, and the state’s premier law enforcement training...

71% of property tax appeals reduced excessive valuations

Many Kansans believe their property is overvalued by the county assessor, and the results of property tax appeals before the regular division of the Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) supports their concern.  The Sentinel’s...

Move underway to ban plastic bags in Wichita

Former city council member Lavonta Williams, Jessica Mounts, the director of the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, and two others spoke at the Wichita City Council on Tuesday to encourage a ban on...

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...

Kelly stacks tax council with state spending advocates

Gov. Laura Kelly established the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, a group that will study and make tax recommendations to state lawmakers. Kelly appointed 11 individuals who will serve for 18-months to develop a...

Kansas outguns Missouri in regulatory border war for hospitals

The governors of Kansas and Missouri may have signed a ceasefire agreement on the so-called Border War, but state incentives aren’t the only source of ammo in the race between states to compete for...

Medicaid expansion in KS could hinder federal efforts to improve health care

Passing Medicaid expansion in Kansas could hinder efforts at the federal level to create a more personalized, cost-effective health care system across the country, according to Beverly Gossage. Gossage, a former Kansas Insurance Commissioner candidate...