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    Janus legislation allows public employees to leave unions at any time

    The Kansas Legislature is considering bills that will bring the rights of public employees in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  Senate...

    City of Frontenac violated Kansas Open Records Act, AG’s office finds

    In a 17-page finding, the Kansas Attorney General's Office last week concluded that the City of Frontenac violated the Kansas Open Records Act when...

    KPI releases annual “A-F” school grades

    The Kansas Policy Institute, which owns the Sentinel, released its annual "A-F" School Grades on Monday, and the results are not good. According to KPI...

    Senate bill would allow Kansas counties to levy 1 percent income...

    A bill currently introduced in the Kansas Senate in the name of "equity" would allow counties across the state of Kansas to charge a...

    Blue Valley school district has Democrat candidate speak to students

    Students in the Blue Valley school district Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program attended an event on voting that included campaigning for a...

    Proposal to raise income tax rates costs $100 million over 3...

    Yes, that headline is correct.  A tax bill touted as revenue-neutral by its sponsors would actually result in a net loss to the state...

    KS Dept. of Revenue shrouds Derby STAR bond project in secrecy

    The Sentinel has been requesting sales tax data from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) to determine the effectiveness of the Derby STAR bond...

    Kansas water rights controlled by an unelected state employee

    Unbeknownst to many, Kansas water rights are controlled by one unelected employee of the state Department of Agriculture. That person -- David Barfield, hired by...

    Wichita baseball stadium project has $101 million public funding

    New information obtained by the Sentinel from the City of Wichita shows an estimated $101.4 million of public funds will be spent on the...

    Proposed plastic bag ban may have net negative environmental impact

    Now that Wichita's new mayor and city council voted unanimously to create a task force to consider banning the use of single-use plastic bags,...

    McKinsey & Company selected over experienced, less costly firms for study

    The Kansas Department of Commerce disregarded bids from experienced and less expensive companies to create an economic development strategy for the State of Kansas,...

    Frontenac continues to obfuscate on open records requests

    The City of Frontenac continues to delay and refuse to hand over documents relevant to the decision in September of last year to fire...