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Gov. Sam Brownback visited western Kansas on Tuesday to tout that farming with less water from the Ogallala Aquifer is viable.

Farmers in a 99-square-mile area of Sheridan County have managed to cut their irrigation by more than 20 percent over the last four years, and they're still just as profitable as their neighbors who haven’t cut back like that. Jim Butler of the Kansas Geological Survey says it could extend the life of the Ogallala.

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The head of an organization that represents Kansas state employees is criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration for using a state agency to deliver a political attack on the Legislature.

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The Kansas Department of Revenue released tax tables on Tuesday that designate how much income employers should withhold from employee paychecks. The policy is the result of the tax increase that was recently passed by state lawmakers.

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Kansas lawmakers met briefly Monday for the ceremonial end of the legislative session. They considered overriding some vetoes issued by Gov. Sam Brownback, but ultimately took no action.

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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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