Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Legislature
4:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Statehouse Republicans Gather In Rare Meeting

It was an unusual day at the Kansas Statehouse Thursday, as Republicans from the House and Senate gathered to smooth out differences between the two chambers on tax and budget issues. Some lawmakers said it had been at least seven years since Republicans from the two chambers met as a group to discuss policy.

“It’s fun as we go out to our dinners and take potshots at each other almost as if we’re competitors," said Ty Masterson, a Republican from Andover who heads the Kansas Senate budget committee. "But in reality, we’re all part of the same team, we are the legislative branch.”

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2013 Legislative Session
6:41 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Possible Progress Made In Statehouse Tax Negotiations

Representative Richard Carlson works on a compromise during tax negotiations at the Statehouse on Wednesday.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

After making little progress for weeks, public negotiations on taxes have continued in the Kansas Statehouse.

Legislative leaders and the governor had been meeting behind closed doors, but this week it appeared those talks had stalled.

House and Senate negotiators held a public meeting Wednesday and House members offered a new compromise.

The House and Senate have been divided on the issue of sales taxes.

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Government
7:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

KS Supreme Court Justice, Senator Butting Heads

The chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and a prominent legislator are butting heads. At issue are allegations made the the justice.

He says the legislator, who's an attorney, tried to make a deal tying a pay raise for court workers to a constitutional amendment.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss wrote a letter to a group of judges outlining the allegations. He said that Senate Vice President Jeff King told a group of judges in a meeting if they didn’t support a plan to overhaul how Supreme Court justices are selected, then the pay increase might not pass.

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Legislature
3:51 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lawmakers Making Little Progress On Big Issues

Kansas lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday, but reached the weekend having made little progress on the major issues that remain for this legislative session.

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Politics
6:32 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas House Committee Approves More NBAF Bonds

On Thursday, The House Appropriations Committee approved an amended version of Governor Brownback's proposal to issue more bonds for a federal lab.

Earlier, they'd delayed a decision on whether to approve an extra $200 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan, KS.

Some state lawmakers like Mark Hutton of Wichita, believe the deal between the federal and state government wasn't clearly defined.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers May Miss Their Deadline To Finish Session

Kansas lawmakers just returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday, but already it looks like a disagreement on taxes could push the session past lawmakers' 80-day deadline.

House and Senate Republicans disagree on whether to extend a temporary sales tax increase. It's set to expire on July 1, and House leaders want to let it end as planned. Republican leaders in both chambers want to lower income tax rates, and Senators say keeping the sales tax elevated allows the state to lower income tax rates more quickly.

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Farm Bill
3:47 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Moran Hoping To Protect Crop Insurance Subsidies

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says the next federal farm bill is likely to cut back or eliminate some farm subsidies. The Republican from Manhattan says that while many lawmakers are focused on cutting spending, he's hoping to protect money allocated to support the federal crop insurance program.

Moran says that Kansas farmers' need for crop insurance has been shown in recent years, with drought and late spring freezes among the challenges they've been facing.

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Economy
2:43 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Job Growth Expected To Increase In Kansas

A  report from WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research projects modest job growth in Kansas this year.

It’s driven partially by the energy, construction and services sectors.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov Brownback, Shawnee County DA Disagree On Alleged Open Meetings Violations

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with reporters Monday at the Statehouse.
Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Brownback held a series of legislative dinners at Cedar Crest earlier this year. More than 90 lawmakers, virtually all Republicans, were invited.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the investigation looked at whether the legislative dinners violated the open meetings act.

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