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Chamber poll dings state on amount it spends on school administration, taxes, other topics

January 16, 2017 By Peter Hancock TOPEKA — The Kansas Chamber released survey results Monday that showed taxes and health care costs are the top public policy concerns among business owners and leaders in the state, and that most believe Kansas schools spend too much on administration. Those results were generally consistent with previous surveys the […]

Brownback plan would increase KPERS costs by $6.5 billion over time Read more here:

January 12, 2017 By Bryan Lowry and Hunter Woodall TOPEKA  Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to save Kansas money now would eventually increase the state’s long-term pension costs by $6.5 billion, the pension system’s executive director says. Alan Conroy, the executive director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, briefed the Senate budget committee Thursday on […]

Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget plan faces strong opposition in Kansas

January 11, 2017 By Brian Lowry and Hunter Woodall TOPEKA  Gov. Sam Brownback wants to increase alcohol and tobacco taxes and take more money from the highway fund to help avert a projected shortfall of more than $900 million over 18 months. He also wants to liquidate a long-term investment fund and sell off the […]

GOP division offers Kansas Democrats opportunities, and pitfalls

January 16, 2017 By Jonathan Shorman Senate Democrats have taken notice of the growing division between the chamber’s Republican leaders and the GOP governor – a feud that represents potential opportunity, and peril, for the minority party. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, condemned the verbal bombs lobbed last week between Senate President Susan […]

Topeka may need to win over opponents of abandoned property bill to avoid Brownback veto

January 15, 2017 By Jonathan Shorman For years, Kansas City Sen. David Haley has vehemently opposed legislation to make it easier for cities to gain control of abandoned property. The city of Topeka plans to introduce this year’s version in the coming week, and if it wants the anti-blight measure to become law it […]