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Government
5:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was in kansas City, Kansas Tuesday for the official signing of a bill that substantially reduces the percentage rate employers are required to pay into the state's Unemployment Trust Fund.

Brownback used the occasion to tout what he called a call, growing Kansas economy.

"People have said you can't cut taxes, create a business-friendly environment and fund state government," he said, adding, "Well, yes you can, and we are."

After the ceremony, the governor also commented on several bills on or soon coming to his desk.

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Kansas Statehouse
7:39 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Delay Work On Education Funding

Work on education funding bills continues in the Kansas Statehouse. The legislation is being considered in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that said there are unconstitutional funding disparities between school districts.

Lawmakers are expected to start work this week on a solution, but committee work Monday was delayed.

Republican Sen. Ty Masterson from Andover  says they're not yet in a position to begin work on a proposal.

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Education
8:15 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Solution To Kansas School Funding Lawsuit Unclear

It's not clear how lawmakers will comply with a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that says the state has created inequalities between schools districts. The ruling says lawmakers violated the Kansas Constitution by cutting funds that help equalize school district budgets.

The group that filed that lawsuit, and some lawmakers, say they believe the solution is to restore more than $100 million in education funds.

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Up to Date
2:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Analyzing The Kansas School Funding Ruling

The Kansas Supreme Court released its long-awaited ruling on school funding Friday morning.
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This morning, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a lower court will deal with what it called unconstitutional inadequate funding for the state's K-12 schools.

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a look at what the 110-page ruling will mean for school funding, how the lower court might handle the the details and how all this affects this fall's race for the governor's office.

Guests:

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Education
8:10 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court To Release School Funding Decision

The Kansas Supreme Court will hand down a decision Friday in a lawsuit over school funding and the potential impact could be hundreds of millions of dollars.

A group made up of school districts and parents says Kansas is not living up to its constitutional responsibility to fund education. They say the state has reneged on promises to increase spending.

Those promises followed a previous lawsuit over school funding. Lawyers for the state say it is up to legislators, not the courts, to decide how much to spend on schools.

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Government
8:07 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Missouri Governor Brings School Funding Debate To Younger Audience

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Coming out of his State of the State call for more education spending, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon brought his case to Kansas City and a younger audience with a stake in the future. 

The forum was an assembly of some 700 Center High School students.

The Governor tried to break down staggering financials to something a less sophisticated economics mind would understand, telling students the system can open more than a local earnings’ future, to world-wide.

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Government
10:15 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Brownback To Push 'Targeted' Approach To Education In 2014 Session

The 2014 Kansas legislative session begins Monday.
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The 2014 Kansas legislative session kicks off Monday, and Gov. Sam Brownback says education is at the top of his priorities, including his recently unveiled reading initiative and instituting statewide full-day kindergarten. 

"I think the public wants to see us produce high-quality products, here from government. And the core function of state government is education," Brownback said in an exclusive interview. "We put over half of our state general fund in K-12, but we need to see it produce and not just put money in. And, not ask for any results."

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Government
4:56 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

No Ruling In Kansas School Finance Lawsuit

The Kansas Supreme Court generally issues rulings on Fridays, so many people in the Kansas Legislature were watching to see if the court would release its opinion in a controversial school finance case Friday.

The justices did not, so lawmakers are likely to start the legislative session on Monday without a decision in the case.

House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says the case could prompt lawmakers to consider rewriting the state's school funding formula.

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Education
8:01 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Study Education Spending

Kansas spends more money on education that any other item in the state budget, and education funding will likely be the dominant issue when lawmakers convene the legislative session in January.

A state court has already ordered lawmakers to spend more on education. And soon, the Kansas Supreme Court will issue its own ruling on a lawsuit that claims the state has been shortchanging public schools. All of this led lawmakers to spend two days last week studying up on school funding.

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Education
2:42 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas Supreme Court Hears School Finance Arguments

A lower court's order saying Kansas must add at least $440 million a year to funding for public schools is now in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court. Attorneys for both sides spent more than three hours Tuesday making their arguments.

Solicitor General Stephen McAllister told the court the judicial system can declare laws unconstitutional, but it doesn’t have the authority to tell the legislature how much they must budget for education.

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Government
3:39 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon prevails in tax cut fight with legislature.
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Debate over Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax bill was fierce in the Missouri House and the governor prevailed. 

The Republican majority was unable to muster the votes to make the $700 million tax cut into law.

The measure would have cut business taxes in half. Personal taxes would have been cut disproportionately.

Clay County Democrat Jon Carpenter called it unfair.

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Government
7:15 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Plan To File School Funding Motion

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.
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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.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Regulations Change Access To Research

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Due to a new White House directive, results from federally-funded research will be easier to access publicly.

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Headlines
8:33 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Kansas City Council delays voting on a daytime curfew.  MoDOT considers expanding rail service. Missouri Senators battle over education funding.  That and more news from KCUR.

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Headlines
7:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Children's Mercy gets out of the HMO business, Kansas Dems seek to increase school funding & a bill could override Missouri governor's authority in creating a health care exchange: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Public Schools
3:29 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Kansas Democrats Unveil School Funding Plan

Democrats in the Kansas Legislature have unveiled a school funding plan as an alternative to the one introduced by Governor Sam Brownback.

The Democratic plan would increase school funding with the goal of restoring some of the cuts made in recent years. It would also provide about $45 million to help reduce local property taxes.

Representative Paul Davis of Lawrence is the top Democrat in the House. He says budget cuts to education in recent years have had a significant impact on schools.

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