Wednesday, July 1, 2020

State of Kansas “encourages” nursing homes to accept COVID patients

Despite having the most vulnerable population to COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are, at the very least, encouraging long-term care and nursing...

COVID average daily increase drops to all-time low

Data provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment through June 1 shows the COVID average daily increase dropped to an all-time low of 1.2%.  The previous record low of 1.4% was set...

Facts refute KDHE Secretary’s concerns with interference

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Dr. Lee Norman told the Topeka Capitol-Journal that legislative efforts to curb the governor's emergency response authority will likely lead to a summer COVID surge, but...

Johnson County commission meeting devolves into autocracy

Autocracy is a system of government by one person with absolute power, and there were times in today's Johnson County Commission meeting when Chairman Ed Eilert acted as though he could make up the...

Senator Sykes misleads on Kansas Medicaid expansion

Senator Dinah Sykes (D-Lenexa) took time out during last week's legislative session to send a very misleading fundraising email about her attempt to expand Medicaid in Kansas.  The email was dated Thursday, May 21...

Kelly vetos emergency response bill, turns restrictions over to counties

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Tuesday vetoed a sweeping emergency response bill passed by the legislature in the waning moments of the 2020 session.  Her action also eliminates COVID liability protections for healthcare workers and...

Kelly, KDOT deny truckers hot, tasty food despite federal waiver

For long-haul truckers a good meal is important -- and often not available -- particularly during this era of state-mandated lockdowns shuttering many of the eateries they normally rely on. In response, the Federal Highway...

Property tax reform survives efforts to scuttle the bill

Local elected officials will have to be honest about the entire property tax increase they impose starting next year.  The Truth in Taxation measure originally in Senate Bill 294 passed the Legislature last week,...

Legislature restricts Gov. Kelly’s power, adds liability protection

A 24-hour marathon legislative session last week added legislative and local government oversight to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's emergency management authority, gave some COVID liability protection healthcare workers and businesses.  Kelly responded, calling their...

April jobs: private sector down 10.5% , state gov’t. steady

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's mandatory shutdown order caused the loss of almost 122,000 private-sector jobs in April, but state government jobs held steady according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private-sector employment plummeted 10.5% compared...