Thursday, April 22, 2021

State, county officials grapple with mask mandates under new law

Kansas counties shifted gears on mask mandates as Senate Bill 40 became law. Kansas’s largest counties are taking different approaches to mandates under the new law,  which updated the Kansas Emergency Management Act.  Sedgwick County,...

Eagle reporter fails objectivity test in story about earthquakes

The Wichita Eagle reporter tasked with taking an allegedly unbiased look at climate change has once again allowed her biases to leak through in her reporting, this time on earthquakes. On March 21, 2021 the...

Mask mandates had no impact on COVID case growth

When Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a new statewide mask mandate in November, 38 counties adopted it, 43 counties rejected her mandate, and 24 counties continued their enforcement of her July mandate.  But 17...

SB 212: who determines which vaccines are mandatory?

Lawmakers wrestled with who decides which vaccines are mandatory for school children during a hearing on Tuesday -- KDHE Secretary Lee Norman or the legislature, as proposed in SB 212. This KDHE immunization memo...

Wichita Eagle tortures the truth opposing COVID compensation law

A recent Wichita Eagle news report attempted to change the narrative related to a legislative proposal, according to an attorney quoted in an Eagle story that ran over the weekend. According to the Wichita...

Wichita, Sedgwick County differ on employee pay increases

Pay increases given in 2020 to employees of the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County reflect a very different approach to spending taxpayer money.  Sedgwick County Manager Tom Stolz says economic uncertainty prompted the...

Gov. Kelly makes false statements on K-12 funding

Taxpayers can add K-12 funding to the list of false and misleading claims by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Responding earlier this week to the budget approved by the state Senate that used $568 million of...

Kansas job growth essentially flat since August 2020

Kansas unemployment remains high, with 57,000 fewer private-sector jobs in December compared to a year ago; January employment was down about 52,000 over the prior year. Mainstream media tends to focus on the unemployment rate,...

Schmidt, other state AGs threaten action over COVID relief strings

Kansas Attorney Derek Schmidt joined 20 other state attorneys general in a letter threatening to take action against the Biden administration for trying to prevent states from cutting taxes. Addressed to Treasury Secretary Janet...

Legislators consider local control over vaccine distribution

Kansas lawmakers may strip the state health department of some of its authority over vaccine distribution after the Kelly administration ordered Riley County to stop vaccinating people until other counties catch up. Senate bill...