Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New poll shows 75 percent of Republican voters reject Medicaid expansion

A new poll reveals more than three-quarters of Republicans oppose using taxpayer money to provide Medicaid to able-bodied, working adults. Pollsters told 550 registered Republican voters that Medicaid currently covers children, pregnant women, the...

2019 state assessment: stagnant, disturbingly low achievement in Kansas schools

Nearly two-thirds of Kansas fourth-graders and 75% of Kansas 10th graders tested below grade level or needing remedial training in math, according to state assessment data published by the Kansas Department of Education. Statewide, the results...

Derby dinosaur park attendance much lower than STAR bond target

After two full summers of being in business, the Derby dinosaur park is attracting roughly 45,000 visitors annually according to Garion Masterson, the newly appointed Director of Production and Marketing. “Attendance is hovering around 45,000...

Wichita Eagle criticizes Republican party for campaigning but gives Democrats a pass

Wichita Republicans are questioning the political bias of the local paper after the Wichita Eagle published a one-sided story last week.  The story said Republicans are campaigning for their choice candidates in the supposedly...

Wichita riverfront plan pushes city-owned apartments, office space

The architectural firm designing the Wichita Riverfront Legacy Master Plan seems to be proposing the City of Wichita as the landlord of premium office space and apartment space, and the downtown non-profit funding most...

Commerce department excludes business owners from economic development committee

Despite saying business leaders would be included, every member of a Department of Commerce steering committee for Kansas Framework for Growth, the newly announced plan to develop and grow business in the state, are...

Emporia school bond levy increase is understated…again

USD 253 officials told the Emporia Gazette the incremental cost of the proposed Emporia school bond issue is now just a half a mill in the property tax rate due to lower interest rates. ...

Medicaid expansion plan would hike cigarette taxes, raise fees

Over the last two days, members of the Senate Select Committee on Healthcare Access noodled on details of a Medicaid expansion plan crafted by Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning. “The idea is to make it...

School districts suing Juul can’t document vaping incidents

More Kansas school districts are suing vaping manufacturers Juul, but some can't document the number of vaping incidents that occurred and others won't respond to The Sentinel's request for that information. In early October, the...

Attorney General: Kelly administration risks lawsuits on remote sales tax policy

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a legal opinion on September 30, stating Governor Laura Kelly's unilateral expansion of remote sales tax jurisdiction exceeds her authority.  The next day, the Kelly administration went ahead...