Governor Brownback has signed legislation phasing out the fees paid by Kansas lenders to counties to register home mortgages. The Kansas Legislature's website said Brownback signed the measure Wednesday.
Bankers and real estate agents have argued that home buyers are getting what amounts to a tax break. But county officials fear they'll be forced to boost local property taxes to offset what is expected to be $53 million in lost revenue over the next five years. The new law will phase out the mortgage registration fee by the year 2019.
Kansas and Arizona say they have a sovereign right to require proof of citizenship for voting residents of their states, even for federal elections.
The two states urged the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to lift the emergency stay it issued last week.
The appeals court had halted a ruling from U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren, whose ruling required the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify its federal voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona residents.
Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill allowing more workers compensation claims for firefighters and law enforcement officers.
More than 40 years ago, Kansas rewrote workers compensation laws. Part of that created a rule that said a worker couldn't collect workers comp for heart attacks or strokes related to their job unless it was caused by an unusually high level of exertion that isn't normally required for the job.
Governor Brownback says that had an unintended consequence for some workers.
On Wednesday, a federal judge in Wichita refused stay his order for federal election officials to immediately enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied the requests from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups to stay his ruling while the case goes to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Melgren ordered the commission to proceed without delay on his March directive to immediately modify its national voter registration form.
State lawmakers have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.
Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation. They shook a gloomy state revenue report and ignored that the state’s bond rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services.
The proposal now includes $11 million dollars to give the state’s nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus.
The budget agreement also preserves guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.
Kansas politicians have always been able to score points at the coffee shop by taking jabs at the federal government. But in today's divided America, politicians in red states like Kansas are finding that sometimes the best way to connect with voters is to advocate outright defiance of federal authority.
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Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have begun working on a spending agreement; they’ve also cast aside a bleak revenue report that could undermine a rosier economic forecast leaders are using to justify higher spending.
The talks started last night, just a few hours after the state Revenue Department reported that April’s tax collections totaled $92 million dollars less than expected.
State officials blamed changes in the federal tax code on capital gains and other income.
A Kansas legislative oversight committee is holding a daylong hearing to review the state’s KanCare system that provides Medicaid to poor, elderly and disabled Kansans.
The committee meeting this morning includes a discussion of the state’s waiting lists for people seeking home and community-based services, as well as recent estimates for demand for those services over the next 18 months.
Kansas privatized the program in 2013 to reduce the growth of health care costs, which are shared by state and federal sources.