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Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed into law the state’s new school funding formula, which increases aid to schools by $284 million within two years.

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Kansas scores 15th among the 50 states for overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 “Kids Count” report.

The state’s relatively high overall ranking is driven by its No. 7 ranking for kids’ economic well-being, based on indicators like housing affordability and employment security for parents.

But the state fares less well in three other categories: health, in which the foundation ranks it 20th; education, 26th; and family and community, 23rd.

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Gov. Sam Brownback defended his signature tax cuts last week after lawmakers overrode his veto of a bill repealing them, but he may have exaggerated their impact.

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School districts across Kansas are breathing a bit easier after the Legislature passed a school funding plan and a tax law that provides the money for it.

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The head of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce says the tax deal Kansas lawmakers struck Tuesday wasn’t exactly what the local business community was looking for.


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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says a law repealing his signature tax cuts will create a drag on the state’s economy.

Brownback vetoed a bill that raises tax rates and repeals an exemption for certain types of business income. The Legislature voted to override his veto Tuesday night.

Lawmakers who voted for the repeal say it will put Kansas back on sound financial footing. Brownback disagrees.

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Kansas lawmakers have charted a change of course when it comes to tax policy. Both the House and Senate voted Tuesday night to override a veto from Gov. Sam Brownback and roll back many of the 2012 tax cuts. That means the tax increase--which totals $1.2 billion over two years--will become law despite Brownback’s objection.

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Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for an attempt to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a tax increase. The House and Senate approved the plan overnight Monday and Brownback vetoed it Tuesday.

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On Day 108 of the Kansas Legislature’s session, lawmakers got down to business. They passed a school funding bill that adds nearly $300 million over two years for public education, then they approved a $1.2 billion tax plan.

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Kansas lawmakers sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that would allow public health care facilities to continue banning concealed guns. The bill landed on his desk Monday, but Brownback is saying little about what action he might take.

Under state law, most public places must allow concealed weapons by this summer or install security to keep all guns out.

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