May 27, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Kansas Policy Institute

Lawmakers approve SB 434 exempting sugaring from cosmetology license requirement

Practioners of sugaring around the state are a governor’s signature away from being able to ply their ancient trade without an…

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Students are trapped in the twilight zone of public education

Imagine, if you will, entering the Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center and beginning the long walk through an underground stone…

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SB 428 reinforces school board members’ ability to conduct needs assessments

Senate Bill 428 (SB 428), currently in front of the Kansas Senate Committee on Education, would force district administrations to…

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The Cozy restaurant owner sues the City of Salina over mural restrictions

According to a release from Kansas Justice Institute, Steve Howard, the owner of iconic burger joint “The Cozy Inn”  filed…

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Senate bill would remove onerous license requirements on ‘sugaring’

If all goes well this legislative session Bryn Green, of Hays, will be able to earn a living without having…

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Education establishment hostile to accreditation requirement to follow state law

The Kansas education establishment is pushing back hard against a bill that simply requires districts to comply with state law…

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Reforming Kansas Tax Policy: big economic boost and a $4.5 billion surplus

Kansas should follow the lead of neighboring states and enact sweeping tax relief and boost the economy next year, according…

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The City of Westwood wants to sell its park to a developer.

Kansas Justice Institute demands Westwood stop violating free speech rights over park sale

The Kansas Justice Institute is demanding the City of Westwood retract a letter threatening opponents of a development project with…

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Democrats push property tax hike on cars, farms, businesses

With the legislative session just around the corner, Kansas House Democrats are pushing a big property tax increase on cars…

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EPC Group demands $11 million more taxpayer money for its project by Wichita baseball stadium

Wichita city leaders are considering a(nother) sweetheart deal that would transfer even more taxpayer money to EPC Real Estate Group…

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K-12 bureaucracy ignores flaws in special education funding formula, calls for more money

Despite testimony that some K-12 funding related to special education (SPED) services is not counted toward SPED funding, the Kansas…

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Education bureaucracy pushing the status quo in hearings

Legislative hearings over this and last week are focusing on how to improve outcomes in Kansas education, perhaps unsurprisingly, the education…

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Hybrid and micro school summit: One size doesn’t fit all in education

Ten years ago, MIT engineer Kelly Smith began volunteering at his local library teaching computer programming to neighborhood kids along…

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Kansas City Star rejects opinions with which it disagrees

When Colleen Nelson was the editorial manager for the Kansas City Star, she made sure that alternate views (i.e., not…

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Kansas loses private sector jobs while adding government jobs

Through the first seven months of 2023, seasonally adjusted numbers show Kansas has lost 2,700 private sector jobs, while adding…

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Legal experts savage the Marion County Record affidavit

Two Kansas legal experts are not mincing words about the affidavit used to secure the search warrant that led to…

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2023 Freedom Index shows liberty is not a red or blue issue

Seventy-three of the 165 Kansas House and Senate members scored better than 85% on the 2023 Kansas Freedom Index, including Wyandotte County…

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Stand Up Blue Valley misleads voters on school board elections

Stand Up Blue Valley, a lobbying group that primarily works to elect legislators who will vote to raise taxes and…

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KJI appeals Covey Find Kennel 4th Amendment case

The Kansas Justice Institute (KJI) is continuing to fight for a Cowley County dog trainer’s rights under the 4th Amendment,…

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Prairie Village, other JoCo residents reject expensive taxpayer-funded community center

Prairie Village Mayor Eric Mikkelson and most City Council members are promoting a new taxpayer-funded community center that would replace…

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Microschools continue to gain traction in Kansas

Microschools, which provide opportunities for enterprising teachers and parents to find alternatives to the public school system, are gaining traction…

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Chances for school choice this session narrow substantially

School choice legislation is not yet entirely dead in Kansas this year, although opportunities for passage this session are narrowing.…

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While Kansas parents wait, Florida, other states expand choice

While Kansas parents wait to see if the Kansas Legislature and Governor Laura Kelly will give them the opportunity to…

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Johnson County residents are looking at another big property tax hike

Johnson County is setting taxpayers up for another big property tax increase in 2024, based on the presentation that county…

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