Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Legislators hope to preempt federal red-flag laws

Two Kansas legislators have pre-filed a bill they hope will protect Kansans from so-called "red-flag" laws, sometimes called "extreme risk protection orders." The red-flag laws are on the books in 17 states and allow...

Instead of closing loopholes in the property tax lid, Rep. Rhiley wants to eliminate...

Kansas Representative Bill Rhiley (R-Wellington) says there are too many loopholes in the property tax lid and cities and counties are finding ways to work around it to avoid the public vote requirement.  But...

Kansas school board chair rejects audit findings in contradiction-laden column

After a scathing editorial by the Kansas City Star called out school districts across Kansas for misusing funding for at-risk students, Kansas Board of Education Chairwoman Kathy Busch wrote a response that, in essence,...

Wichita city council approves 22% gas franchise fee hike

The Wichita City Council unanimously approved a 22% increase in the franchise fee it charges by Kansas Gas at its December 17 meeting, knowing the fee hike will be passed along to consumers.  The...

3-legged stool scheme sets up a $1 billion income tax hike

Governor Kelly and her tax council say a balanced 3-legged stool theory, with equal amounts of income, sales, and property tax provides better stability for government, but tax experts call it a scheme to justify...

Wayfair decision hammering catalog sellers into extinction

Not only has the Wayfair decision heavily impacted small e-commerce sites but it's also threatening an entire industry, with catalog retailers possibly facing extinction thanks to compliance costs. Hamilton Davison, president and executive director of...

City Council considers sweetheart deals for Riverfront Partners

The Wichita City Council is considering a private development agreement with Riverfront Partners for mixed-use development north of the new baseball stadium on land they are acquiring from the Metropolitan Baptist Church. The budget...

City of Frontenac won’t comply with Open Records requests

Earlier this year, the City of Frontenac in southeast Kansas requested $3,500 to provide documentation surrounding the secretive dismissal of city employees. Now the city says state law doesn’t require them to provide the...

Gov. Kelly’s illegal sales tax policy hurts small businesses nationwide

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's likely illegal attempt to collect sales tax on the first dollar of all internet and catalog sales made by out-of-state businesses is hurting small businesses in other states, and Kansas companies...

Wichita city council approves property tax increases in Delano TIF

The Wichita city council unanimously approved an emergency measure today to expand the Delano TIF district, so the city can collect more property tax revenue to pay off subsidies to developers in the district....