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The Price of Freedom Is ... Dry-Cleaning Fluids in Your Kid's Lemonade?
27 Sep 2018 at 3:22pm

A Kansas law is emblematic of these strange political times. In 2011, while investigating the possible expansion of a Kwik Shop, the state discovered dry cleaning chemicals had contaminated groundwater at 412 W. Grand in Haysville. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment didn’t act for more than six years. It didn’t test private wells less than a mile away. Nor did it notify residents that their drinking wells could be contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals, known as perchloroethylene, so they could test the water themselves.“We didn’t find out for 7 years,” said Joe Hufman, who...

Kansas 2018 tax receipts up $1.2 billion from previous year
2 Jul 2018 at 3:15pm

The state of Kansas received $1.2 billion more in tax revenue during the fiscal year that ended June 30 than it did the year before, the Kansas Department of Revenue said Monday. The biggest increase over the year was in individual income taxes, which were $1 billion higher than the previous year. Many officials had expected that since Kansas lawmakers voted last June to override then-Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto and reverse course on many of the income tax cuts he had championed in 2012. But the amount of growth far exceeded anyone’s expectations at the time. The final figure was $317 milli...

What Kansas Lawmakers Did, And Didn’t Do, This Year (Hint: Not Tax Cuts)
6 May 2018 at 4:54pm

After scores of speeches, a handful of work days that spilled into the next day, and an untold number of painful comprises and surrenders, the Kansas Legislature called it quits on Friday. Here’s a few notable things that did and didn’t make it through the Kansas House and Senate...

A look back at what happened, and what didn’t, in the 2018 legislative session
6 May 2018 at 4:52pm

Kansas lawmakers wrapped up their 2018 session on Friday after spending 99 calendar days at the Statehouse passing new laws and authorizing new spending that will have far-reaching impacts on the daily lives of Kansans for years to come. A new school finance plan that adds more than half a billion dollars a year for K-12 schools, a budget that increases spending on higher education and social services and a new law barring people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns are some of the more notable examples...

Kansas legislature wrap up 2018 session
5 May 2018 at 4:51pm

Kansas lawmakers have finished up their work for the session and are heading home.

Tax decoupling bill does not pass; Legislature adjourned Sine Die
4 May 2018 at 4:48pm

The Kansas Legislature adjourned for the 2018 session on Friday afternoon, but not without some late-day drama on a tax bill that would have allowed for people to take the standard deduction on their federal taxes while itemizing on their state taxes. With the bill deadlocked at 59-59, a Call Of The House was put on, which is a procedural maneuver to get anyone who is absent to be compelled to come back and vote. After 45 minutes, it was clear that even if all of the potential yes votes were brought back from across the state, the bill was not likely to get to 63 votes for passage. The ca...

KanCare Compromise Gives Legislature Final Say On Medicaid Work Requirement
4 May 2018 at 4:46pm

Kansas lawmakers have struck a deal to end their session-long battle over Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer's plan to tighten eligibility for KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program. The compromise, detailed in the final budget bill of the 2018 session, blocks Colyer from implementing a work requirement and lifetime benefit cap as part of his planned “KanCare 2.0” makeover of the program. Under the agreement, the administration could continue discussions with federal officials about eligibility changes that Colyer insists would help non-disabled KanCare recipients become more self-suff...

In a late night vote, Kansas lawmakers pass Adoption Protection Act
4 May 2018 at 4:43pm

Early Friday morning the Kansas legislature passed a bill granting legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that won’t place children in homes that go against their "sincerely held” religious beliefs.