Monday, August 3, 2020

Media crucified Brownback, but glosses over Kelly’s budget tricks

When Republican Governor Sam Brownback used budget tricks to avoiding spending cuts, media pounded him on the front page and in editorials.  But they give Democrat Governor Laura Kelly a pass when she does...

Oklahoma liberty group defends free speech suit

Questions surrounding where robust debate stops and libel begins are being asked in an Oklahoma lawsuit. Constitutional and legal issues being raised aren’t new as governments react to the COVID pandemic. But the recent...

Average daily COVID increase hovers around 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 1.3% per day, and up from 1.0% a week ago. A small increase...

Michigan decision rejects county’s ‘Dark Store’ appraisal theory

For years, Johnson County, and others, have -- illegally, according to courts -- been attempting to use a different method to calculate property tax values for so-called big-box stores, and falsely claiming stores want...

107,000 fewer private jobs since February, state loses 200

Editor's note: this story was revised on June 23 to reflect Oklahoma as being a locked-down state; we regret the error. Employment data released today for May by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kansas...

Employee Retention tax credit available for those who didn’t get PPP

Employers who either were unable to get a Paycheck Protection Loan, or for whatever reason were not eligible, may qualify for an Employee Retention tax credit under the CARES Act. The CARES Act Employee Retention...

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...