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Government
7:39 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Brownback Discusses Ending Interstate Incentives To Lure Missouri Businesses

Governor Sam Brownback says he's open to discussions with Missouri on ending the use of incentives to lure businesses across the border in the Kansas City area.

On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for an end to using such incentives when companies simply move from one state to the other.

In a statement, Governor Brownback says he has engaged in active discussion with Nixon about the issue for more than a year.

He says talks also have included Missouri legislators.

However, a moratorium may be a hard sell to some Kansas lawmakers.

Government
7:44 am
Tue November 12, 2013

U.S. Senator's Son Killed In Plane Crash Near Tulsa

The U.S. Secretary of Defense has confirmed that the son of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma died this weekend in a plane crash, while en route from Salina to Tulsa.

Perry Inhofe was a 52-year-old orthopedic surgeon for Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa.

He graduated from Duke University in 1984 before attending medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the multi-engine plane was about five miles north of Tulsa International Airport when it crashed just before 4pm Sunday.

Education Funding
4:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Continues Studying Education Funding

A special committee in the Kansas Legislature continued talks on school funding Thursday in Topeka.

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Revenue Projections
5:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State Adjusts Revenue Projections

Kansas officials have slightly reduced their projections for state revenues during the current fiscal year.

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Education Funding
4:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislative Committee Preps For School Funding Issues

A special committee of the Kansas Legislature spent Wednesday learning about how the state funds schools and hearing details on past lawsuits concerning school spending.

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Government
7:05 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Assistance Reduced For 316,000 Kansans

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The end of October brings an end to a boost in the amount of federal food assistance that's been helping to feed 316,000 Kansans for the past four years. The extra benefits were part of the stimulus bill Congress passed in 2009 to help people recover from the recession.

Barb LaClair, who studies hunger issues at the non-profit Kansas Health Institute, says caseloads suggest low-income Kansans still aren’t seeing a recovery. She says they’re going to have no choice but to rely even more on food banks and food pantries, which are already overextended.

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Taxes
5:49 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

State Tax Revenues Miss Expectations In October

The Kansas Department of Revenue says the state collected nearly $18 million less in taxes than anticipated in October.

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2014 Election
5:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Schodorf Officially Announces Secretary Of State Run

Former Republican state Sen. Jean Schodorf has formally announced that she'll run for Kansas secretary of state next year as a Democrat, hoping to challenge incumbent Republican incumbent Kris Kobach.

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Government
10:27 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kingman County Voters Reject Measure To Build New Law Enforcement Center

Kingman County voters have rejected a tax increase that would have been used to build a new law enforcement center.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's voting showed the measure lost 802 to 749. The proposal was for a new one-quarter percent retailers' sales tax for 20 years and to extend a current three-quarters percent sales tax, also for 20 years.

The county planned to use the sales tax revenue and payments from a commercial wind farm to build an $11.8 million law enforcement center. It would have housed the county sheriff's office and Kingman police.

Government
6:48 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kansas Tax Changes Leave Fewer Dollars For Services

City and county leaders met Thursday at KU for a panel that focused on the effects of recent changes to state tax policy.

Kansas has cut individual income tax rates and eliminated taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses over the past two years.

The changes have resulted in lower tax rates for most taxpayers, but also fewer dollars available for state government and state aid to local governments.

Local officials say the state is pushing more responsibility for funding and providing public services on them.

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