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Education
6:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers To Tour University Campuses

A group of Kansas lawmakers will begin visiting college and university campuses this week to talk budget issues. The visits come in the wake of nearly $50 million in budget cuts over two years passed by legislators.

Lawmakers have said they want to talk to university officials about efficiency and how they spend money.

Gov. Sam Brownback, who opposed the funding cuts, says he wants lawmakers to learn more about the role of higher education in Kansas and the impact of the cuts.

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Government
3:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kansas Can Float Some State Agencies, But Not For Long

Gov. Brownback issued a statement Friday saying his administration is committed to minimizing the effects of the shutdown. The governor says the state can juggle its cash reserves to fund programs that are usually sustained by federal dollars.

For example, the state had enough in its reserve for the governor to cancel furloughs for state workers who process unemployment benefits Friday.

Health
9:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Kansas Health Care Exchange Now Online, But Not Without Problems

Kansas' health care exchange is online now at Healthcare.gov.

However, some proponents of the federal health care law that created the marketplace think consumers should wait until any glitches have been fixed before they buy coverage.

Sheldon Weisgrau of the Health Reform Resource Project says people can start buying coverage through the exchange today, but they don't have to. They have until December 15 if they want their coverage to start in January.

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Government
7:17 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Gov.'s Office Denies Intentional Swearing In Delay

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief spokesperson, Eileen Hawley, denied Tuesday the suggestion by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley that the swearing in of Brownback's chief counsel to the Court of Appeals is being delayed for political reasons.

Hensley questioned having Caleb Stegall take his seat on the Court of Appeals on January 3. The Senate confirmed Stegall's appointment September 4.

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Government
7:07 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Hensley: Appeals Swearing In Timed To Avoid Vote

The Kansas Senate's top Democrat says he worries the swearing in of Gov. Sam Brownback's chief counsel as a state appeals judge is being deliberately delayed until next year.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley is concerned the delay is to prevent a November 2014 vote on whether appointee Caleb Stegall stays on the bench.

The GOP-dominated Senate confirmed Stegall's appointment September 4. Stegall isn't being sworn in until January 3.

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Education
7:54 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Should All KS Students Take The ACT?

Some state officials are wondering if all Kansas students should be required to take the ACT college readiness exam.

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Politics
7:52 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Paul Ryan To Visit Kansas, Fundraise For Brownback

Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign is getting support from Wisconsin congressman and former GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

Ryan will headline fundraising events next week at the Wichita Petroleum Club and a private home in Mission Hills.

Ryan was Brownback's legislative director for two years in the 1990s when Brownback served in the U.S. Senate.

Government
7:13 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Audit: State Overspent $1.5M In Tax Incentives

A recent audit says the state has mishandled an economic development program. And in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible changes.

The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state. The audit says the program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million. Gov. Brownback says his office is studying the report.

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Health
7:19 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Brownback To Discuss Waiting List For Disabled

Gov. Brownback has scheduled a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Topeka, with Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer.

They will talk about shrinking waiting lists for disabled Kansas residents who are seeking in-home services.

Colyer is a surgeon who led the overhaul of the state's Medicaid program, which covers health care for the needy and disabled.

Kansas turned over administration of most of the Medicaid program to three private health insurance companies at the beginning of the year.

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Business
7:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Brownback's Ex Budget Director To Work For Kansas Policy Institute

Former Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson is going to work for a think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding.

The certified public accountant will have a part-time consulting role with the Wichita-based Kansas Policy Institute.

KPI President Dave Trabert says Anderson's experience as a CPA and his time in government make him "uniquely qualified to find fiscally responsible solutions in government."

As the state's budget director for the past three years, Anderson pushed for Brownback's fiscal policies.

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