Government http://kmuw.org en Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax http://kmuw.org/post/local-organization-critical-proposed-sales-tax <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:25:01 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37944 at http://kmuw.org Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax Audit Shows Flaws In The Security Of Kansas Computers Systems http://kmuw.org/post/audit-shows-flaws-security-kansas-computers-systems <p>Auditors say a lack of accountability by some Kansas agencies that handle sensitive information could make citizens’ personal information vulnerable.</p><p>An audit released this week says some agencies aren't complying with requirements to provide detailed information technology plans because they see them as time consuming and of little value. Auditors say they found little state oversight of the required reports.</p><p>The audit found that 17 of the 45 agencies that hold data considered “high risk” had not had an independent evaluation of their security in the last three years.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:36:11 +0000 Associated Press 37918 at http://kmuw.org KS Attorney General Plans Public Hearing On Regulations For Gun Signs http://kmuw.org/post/ks-attorney-general-plans-public-hearing-regulations-gun-signs <p>Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.</p><p>The hearing is set for Sept. 17 in the building near the Kansas Statehouse that houses the attorney general's office.</p><p>A state law that took effect this month makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still can ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:03 +0000 Associated Press 37835 at http://kmuw.org White House Study: Medicaid Non-Participation Costs KS http://kmuw.org/post/white-house-study-medicaid-non-participation-costs-ks <p>A new <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/missed_opportunities_medicaid.pdf">study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors</a> says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:36:10 +0000 Bryan Thompson 37780 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly In June http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-unemployment-rate-increases-slightly-june <p>Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June, though the state also experienced modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs.</p><p>The Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 4.8 percent in May. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June of last year.</p><p>The department also said the number of nonfarm, private-sector jobs grew by about 1.3 percent in June, compared with June of 2013. Nearly 1.13 million Kansans held such jobs.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:17:47 +0000 Associated Press 37677 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Tax Consultant Recants Claim To Work With Governor's Office http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-tax-consultant-recants-claim-work-governors-office <p>A Kansas tax consultant told his clients that he worked with Gov. Sam Brownback's office to rid the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals of employees who weren't "taxpayer friendly," but after the governor's office denied the claim, the consultant recanted.</p><p>In a July 14 letter obtained by the <em>Topeka Capital-Journal</em>, Jerry Chatam, president of Overland Park-based J.W. Chatam &amp; Associates, told clients that an agreement with the governor's office meant remaining board members wouldn't "present any more problems."</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:44:47 +0000 Associated Press 37621 at http://kmuw.org Pittsburg Biking Trail Project To Receive Federal Funding http://kmuw.org/post/pittsburg-biking-trail-project-receive-federal-funding <p>A mile-long walking and biking trail in Pittsburg is among 20 projects in Kansas that will share $11.5 million in federal transportation funding.</p><p>The project has an estimated cost of $900,000, and will receive $656,000 from the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program. Troy Graham is the city's director of Planning and Community Services, he says the rest of the money will come from private donors.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:27:55 +0000 Associated Press 37562 at http://kmuw.org Tuesday Is Last Day To Register To Vote For KS Primaries http://kmuw.org/post/tuesday-last-day-register-vote-ks-primaries <p>Tomorrow is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5th. As&nbsp;Stephen Koranda reports, there’s also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.</p><p></p><p>Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen. Andrew Howell is Shawnee County’s election commissioner.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:17:58 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37426 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Begins To Distribute Withheld Tax Refunds http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-begins-distribute-withheld-tax-refunds <p>The state is now distributing tax refunds that were frozen for two weeks at the end of the last fiscal year.</p><p>With the new fiscal year beginning July 1, the Kansas Department of Revenue sent just more than 19,000 refunds to the Kansas Department of Administration for payment.</p><p>Jeannine Koranda is spokeswoman for the revenue department, she says most Kansans who didn’t get their refunds should have received them by now or will receive them soon.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:00:02 +0000 Associated Press 37424 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Judge Rejects Injunction Against Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-judge-rejects-injunction-against-voter-citizenship-law <p>A Kansas judge has cleared the way for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to use a dual voting system to enforce the state’s proof-of-citizenship for new voters.</p><p>On Friday, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis&nbsp;denied the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop Kobach from implementing a new policy.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:48:09 +0000 Associated Press 37423 at http://kmuw.org