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Election 2012
6:15 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ballot Measure On Boat Taxes Could Confuse Voters

Boats tied down on the shore of a lake.
Credit Frederick R. Ewing / Flickr

When voters flip over their ballot, they'll be greeted with a long, wordy ballot question. The issue has to do with how boats are taxed in Kansas, and is a proposed constitutional amendment. 

A yes vote would allow lawmakers to reduce property tax rates for boats to bring them more in line with tax rates for cars and other recreational vehicles. A no vote would leave tax rates as they are.

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Government
5:43 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Kansas Validates 2,200 On Physical Disability Waiting List

Credit Stock photo / http://www.sxc.hu/profile/jvangalen

State officials say the actual number of physically-disabled Kansans legitimately in line for home and community-based Services is about 2,200.

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Government
6:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KS Officials To Discuss Disabled Waiting List

Two top officials in Governor Sam Brownback's administration are preparing to make an announcement about the waiting list faced by hundreds of physically disabled Kansans seeking in-home services.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan have planned a Statehouse news conference Monday. The administration didn't provide details before the event.

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Government
12:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Dems Unveil "Buy American" Plan For KS Government

Democratic leaders from the Kansas Legislature have laid out a proposal that they say will create jobs. The lawmakers unveiled the plan during a series of stops across Kansas Thursday.

The proposal would create a "buy American" rule for state government. That means when state agencies are making purchases, they would have to look for products from American manufacturers.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis announced the plan, saying it would create new manufacturing jobs.

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Government
2:23 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

KS Continues to Withhold Final Payment for DMV System Upgrades

It could be well into next year before the state of Kansas hands over the final payment for a new vehicle registration system.

The state is withholding 10 percent of the payment to Minnesota-based 3M after a systems upgrade was plagued with problems. Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said they've worked through the major issues.

Department of Motor Vehicles
6:06 am
Wed October 17, 2012

New Kansas Driver’s License Is Harder To Fake

Dean Reynoldson shows one of the hidden images visible under ultraviolet light.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Kansas has unveiled a new driver’s license. The update includes new holograms and hidden images that can only be seen under an ultraviolet light. The improved security measures are aimed at fighting counterfeiters.

When you think of a fake ID, you might at first think of kids trying to buy beer. But state officials say it’s also related to other problems like human trafficking, or people working in Kansas who aren’t legally allowed to work.

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Government
7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Brownback Not Ruling Out Sales Tax Extension

The Kansas Statehouse.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Governor Sam Brownback says extending a temporary sales tax increase to help balance the state budget is a possibility.

In 2010, lawmakers passed a 1 percent sales tax to help the state get through the recession, but it was set to expire after three years. Brownback wants to see how the budget shapes up before making any decision.

The current 1 percent sales tax increase is mostly set to expire during the middle of next year. Also next year, a big income tax cut takes effect, which could mean a reduction in state revenue.

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Government
7:58 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Commission Makes Progress On Wichita City Council Redistricting

Wichita City Council members heard a presentation on redistricting Tuesday during their scheduled workshop. The plan will revise the council district boundaries in the city.

Since August, the Commission of Electors made up of representatives from all six districts in Wichita and an appointee by Mayor Carl Brewer have worked on redistricting with information from the 2010 census.

The revised map includes a population of 60,000 to 67,000 people per district. Commission member Misty Bruckner told the council that the group looked at various growth patterns.

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Government
5:45 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Transcripts Show KS Lawmakers Didn’t Know Law

The Kansas State capitol.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Transcripts of interviews with a prosecutor’s office show that Kansas legislators didn’t know the state’s Open Meetings Act when they were questioned about private dinners with Governor Sam Brownback at his official residence.

The transcripts show that hardly any of the legislators had read the law.  Most reported receiving no formal training on how to avoid violating it.

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Sedgwick County
6:46 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Citizens Gather To Oppose Cuts To Senior Centers, Zoo

The entrance to the Sedgwick County Zoo.
Travel KS Flickr

Sedgwick county residents Thursday had a second chance to publicly voice concerns about the recommended 2013 budget.

About 50 people gathered in the commission chambers at the county court house to listen and express concerns about proposed cuts outlined in the county manager’s 2013 recommended budget.

The budget includes broad cuts to eliminate the $9.3 million deficit, including funding reductions to the County Extension Center and 4-H programs, Judge Riddel Boy’s Ranch, senior centers and the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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