Paul Davis http://kcur.org en New Poll Shows Medicaid Expansion Could Be Factor In Kansas Gov's Race http://kcur.org/post/new-poll-shows-medicaid-expansion-could-be-factor-kansas-govs-race <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/Kansas-Medicaid-Polling-Results_%281%29.pdf?__utma=91726592.806404577.1375215456.1396970221.1397038949.793&amp;__utmb=91726592.112.6.1397039820754&amp;__utmc=91726592&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=91726592.1396961265.788.31.utmcsr=Facebook|utmccn=FBKCUR2976|utmcmd=Social&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=128357060">Poll results released Tuesday</a> indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue coul Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:33:28 +0000 Jim McLean 53904 at http://kcur.org Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill http://kcur.org/post/kansas-governor-brownback-signs-judicial-selection-bill <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected. Under the new system, the governor will select candidates for the state appeals courts. The nominees will then need to be approved by the Senate.</p><p>The current system involves a nominating commission that selects candidates. The governor then chooses from those candidates. Brownback says the current system gives too much power to attorneys, who hold five of the nine seats on the commission.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:06:13 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34221 at http://kcur.org Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill KS House Rejects Democrats' Property Tax Plan http://kcur.org/post/ks-house-rejects-democrats-property-tax-plan <p>The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:36:18 +0000 Stephen Koranda 33819 at http://kcur.org KS House Rejects Democrats' Property Tax Plan Kansas Lawmakers Plan To File School Funding Motion http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-plan-file-school-funding-motion <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.6711816005769786">The top Democrats in the Legislature say lawmakers should have a hand in mediation in a case over school funding. They say they'll file a motion making that argument this week. </span> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:15:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 33268 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers Plan To File School Funding Motion Can Lawmakers Wrap 2013 Session in 80 Days? http://kcur.org/post/can-lawmakers-wrap-2013-session-80-days <p>It's about a month into the 2013 legislative session, but the top Democrat in the House is questioning if lawmakers will be able to wrap up in 80 days as planned. Representative Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, says legislators will soon need to decide if they'll support the governor's tax proposal or perhaps create their own proposal.</p><p>ā€œIā€™m hopeful and supportive of trying to finish in 80 days, but the prospects of doing that, I think, are getting bleaker,ā€ says Davis.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:24:04 +0000 Stephen Koranda 31778 at http://kcur.org Some Lawmakers May Pursue More Budget Cuts http://kcur.org/post/some-lawmakers-may-pursue-more-budget-cuts <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year. He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction.</p><p>There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:27:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 30698 at http://kcur.org Kansas Democrats Unveil 'Buy American' Proposal http://kcur.org/post/kansas-democrats-unveil-buy-american-proposal <p>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 in union halls across Kansas.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:38:29 +0000 Stephen Koranda 26606 at http://kcur.org Kansas Democrats Propose 14 Job Bills http://kcur.org/post/kansas-democrats-propose-14-job-bills <p>Democrats in the legislature are introducing <a href="http://www.ksdp.org/blog/kansas-democrats-launch-jobs-effort">14 bills </a>they say will spur job growth and career training in Kansas.</p><p>The plans include speeding up a 10 year transportation plan, so jobs are created sooner. The legislation would also give businesses a tax credit for training apprentices.</p><p><a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/members/rep_davis_paul_1/">House Minority Leader Paul Davis</a>, a Lawrence Democrat, says he hopes the plan won&rsquo;t get mired in partisan politics.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:25:01 +0000 Maria Carter 9407 at http://kcur.org