The Kansas Legislature has approved a compromise with the ride-hailing service Uber that should bring the company back to Kansas. As Stephen Koranda reports, the bill is now headed to Governor Sam Brownback for consideration.
Both chambers in the Kansas Legislature easily passed the compromise, which adds background checks for drivers and insurance requirements.
Some lawmakers say similar laws could appear around the country.
Union Pacific says it plans to spend about $120 million this year in Kansas to improve the state's rail infrastructure.
The company announced in a news release Tuesday that it will spend almost $110 million to maintain railroad track. Other expenditures include $2.2 million to improve its signal systems and $7.5 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.
A sales tax referendum on last November’s ballot would’ve put an estimated $27.8 million dollars towards street repairs in Wichita. The referendum was defeated, but the cracks and potholes remain. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a driving tour of some of the city’s worst roads and has this report…
When you map out the streets that would have received a bit of TLC from the defeated sales tax, you see whole neighborhoods that are crisscrossed with course, uneven asphalt and concrete.
Belmont Street, from Pawnee to Kinkaid in southwest Wichita, is about as bad as it gets.
The K-96 bike path will soon have new signage thanks to a donation by a group of local business owners. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…
The City of Wichita received a donation of “wayfinding” signs, which will be installed along the K-96 bike path from Dr. Glen Dey Park to 127th Street East. The signage is being funded by Together Wichita, a group started by Wichita Eagle Publisher Kim Nussbaum. It now includes a number of local business leaders including Armstrong Chamberlin Marketing.
The Kansas House and Senate have voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill regulating Uber and other ride-hailing services, which connect riders and drivers. That prompted Uber to suspend service in the state.
The bill requires background checks for drivers and adds insurance requirements. Republican state Senator Jeff Longbine says this veto override is aimed at keeping negotiations moving.
Kansas lawmakers have shifted hundreds of millions of dollars out of the State Highway Fund to help balance the budget in recent years. While this will likely cause some road maintenance projects to be delayed, other upgrades are still moving forward.
One of those projects affects homeowners in northeast Kansas who are convinced the transportation department is now cutting corners because of the state's tight budget. Stephen Koranda traveled to Alta Vista to learn more.
Ride-hailing company Uber is increasing its lobbying efforts to persuade Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill Uber says will force it to leave the state.
The bill would increase the insurance requirements for Uber drivers and force them to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Uber connects drivers and riders through a mobile app.
The company has arranged for a truck with a sign saying, "SB 117 Destroys Kansas Jobs" to circle downtown Topeka since the bill passed the Legislature.