Thursday, July 2, 2020

Kansas stalls while Texas acts on Supreme Court Janus decision

While Kansas still hasn't reacted to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court Janus decision, Texas is making it clear that public employees should not be charged union dues without their consent. The Janus decision was about...

Average daily increase in COVID just 1% in Kansas

Data released today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows the 7-day moving average of new COVID cases is just 1% per day, and up from 0.9% a week ago. A one-tenth of...

County commissioner says recall attempt is politically motivated

Sheridan County Commissioner Wes Bainter (R-Hoxie) says the recall attempt against him is politically motivated, and the allegations of wrongdoing are baseless.  Bainter has been a budget hawk in his county, trying to reduce...

KPI calls on Kelly to use COVID stimulus funding for property tax relief

Kansas Policy Institute today asked Governor Laura Kelly to follow the lead of Idaho Governor Brad Little, who is leveraging federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to provide much-needed property tax relief to beleaguered taxpayers in...

Wichita State supporters slam university for knuckling to Cancel Culture

Cancel Culture -- withdrawing support for free speech --  has now made its way to the Heartland after Wichita State University rescinded an invitation last week to "First Daughter" Ivanka Trump to speak at...

New COVID case increase drops below 1% in Kansas

New data provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment through June 8  shows the 7-day moving average of new COVID case increase dropped again this week, to an all-time low of 0.9%. ...

Cities, counties use your money to fight property tax relief

City and county officials often justify tax increases as being necessary to provide services demanded by residents.  But if they oppose a service you want (like property tax relief), they use your money to...

Overland Park proposes 6% property tax increase

The City of Overland Park is proposing a 6.2% property tax hike next year, according to their proposed 2021 budget.  The increase is all attributable to valuation increases, as city officials don't plan to...

Heritage Foundation: parents deserve a refund from school closure

While many taxpayers and businesses are suffering -- and failing -- under the lash of the COVID-19 closures, school districts are seeing significant cost-savings, and one education expert says parents deserve a refund. In Kansas,...

Kelly admin won’t respond to pervasive problems at long-term care facilities

(editor's note: the story has been updated to include a quote from KDADS that was provided after publication) The problems at long-term care facilities appear to be far deeper than being "encouraged" by the State...