Storm chasers cause problems for emergency crews. Budget negotiations continue in the Missouri Statehouse. Kansas legislators look at budget changes to avoid deficits. It's a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
Kansas lawmakers are reviewing how a tax proposal would affect the state budget. House and Senate negotiators have already reached an initial agreement on a plan to cut income, business and property taxes.
A group seeks solutions to the rural population crisis by brainstorming with people who already live there. The Kan. House & Senate disagree on pay raises for some state workers. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
A mild winter and early spring has brought out some insects sooner than usual & a state budget proposal has unraveled in the final moments before it was slated to pass the Kansas legislature. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
A Kansas Senate committee has approved Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to cut income tax rates. But the committee chose to preserve four tax credits the governor wanted to eliminate, including a credit for people who invest in Kansas companies. Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, chairs the tax committee.
“People think that they are actually worthy to keep because they end up putting more money back into the economy than they cost the state,” says Donovan.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's plan to cut income and business taxes is getting both praise and criticism in Topeka. Supporters and opponents of the plan sounded off today at a pair of Statehouse rallies.
A committee in the Kansas House is considering legislation that would allow the state to write new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. The process is used in oil and gas drilling.
More than 1,000 anti-abortion activists gathered at the Kansas Statehouse today. The annual rally coincides with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion.
A member of the Kansas House is accused of trying to secretly record a conversation with another legislator.
Senator Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican, was in her office meeting with Representative TerriLois Gregory, a Republican from Baldwin City. The two were discussing Medicaid policy. Schmidt says she noticed the recording device in Gregory’s purse.
A law professor who helped draft Arizona's new immigration statute won the Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state.
Kris Kobach defeated two other GOP candidates Tuesday- Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley of Topeka and former chief executive officer of the National Association of Government Contractors J.R. Claeys of Salina.
Kobach had linked illegal immigration to voter fraud. Because of his immigration work critics question whether he will be a full-time secretary of state.
With most of the votes counted, Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran had just shy of 50 percent to overcome Representative Todd Tiahrt's 45 percent. Two minor candidates split the rest.
"I'm honored by your enthusiasm," said Moran. "Let's take this enthusiasm and take it to November and restore America."
Only a few thousand votes separated the candidates at the end. Moran goes into November facing Democratic primary winner Lisa Johnston who is a dean at Baker University. Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.
The Secretary of State's race in Kansas has become one of the most important races of the election season. Why? Because issues like immigration and questions about government accountability are part of the debate.
At the center of that debate -the controversial, telegenic UMKC law professor and immigration activist, Kris Kobach.
Kobach's been exciting crowds at fundraisers and Tea Party rallies all year. When Sarah Palin was in Independence, people cheered Kobach almost as much as Palin.
Topkea, KS – Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson returned from a trip to Washington D.C. recently, where he and a coalition of governors urged Congress to extend federal payments that help support the Medicaid program.
The joint state/federal health program benefits aged, low-income and disabled Kansans.
Federal stimulus legislation has helped pay a bigger chunk of the program in recent years than usual. State lawmakers have assumed that would be extended, and built the funding into the state budget for this fiscal year.
Topeka, Kan. – Lawmakers have wrapped up the two major unresolved issues this session: the budget, and how to fund it. Both chambers had passed budgets that largely protected funding for education and social services. But in order to balance that budget, lawmakers needed about 300 million dollars in new revenue. Monday, they identified that money. Lawmakers passed a one-cent sales tax increase to fill the deficit.