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Conflicts on same-sex marriage will continue

Gov. Sam Brownback and state agencies had been dragging their feet in accepting the reality of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage. So it is good that they are now allowing same-sex spouses of state employees to join the state’s health-insurance plan and same-sex couples to change their names on their driver’s licenses.

Politics & Government

Kansas isn’t joining 14 states poised to raise minimum wage

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia will see their minimum wage increase this summer or next year, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kansas won’t be joining them. The minimum wage in Kansas is $7.25 per hour – the same as the federal minimum wage – and attempts to increase it this year gained little traction in the Republican-dominated Legislature.


Fight for Amtrak route

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is an important travel option across the state, which makes it frustrating that Kansas now risks losing the route related to a funding dispute about track owned by Kansas City Terminal.

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