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Governor’s consultant on tax plan

Economist Arthur Laffer says tax cuts will help Kansas grow

August 14 at 8:45 p.m.

— Gov. Sam Brownback and his celebrity tax policy consultant, Arthur Laffer, said Tuesday that the income tax cuts Kansas lawmakers approved earlier this year will drive growth and make Kansas more competitive with surrounding states.

  • Wichita public hearing on gas rate increase set for Thursday

    Wichitans will get their chance this week to weigh in on a proposal by Kansas Gas Service to raise rates for residential and small-business customers and reduce rates for bigger businesses.

  • New DMV hazard to avoid: double billing with online renewals

    Add another car-registration hazard to hours-long waits in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles – the possibility of being charged more than once for the same car when you renew on the Internet.

  • Changes in liquor laws raise spirits of Kansas bar owners, retailers

    Bars will be able to offer happy-hour specials after more than 25 years of being able to reduce prices only if they’d done so for the entire day. Liquor stores will be able to offer unlimited free samples of beer, wine and liquor. And the growing business of microdistilleries will be freed to produce up to 50,000 gallons of booze a year, offer free samples and sell bottles of their product, much as microbreweries have done.

  • Crowd voices concerns about governor’s Medicaid plan

    State health officials received a lot of feedback, nearly all of it negative, at a public meeting Monday in Wichita about Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for Medicaid.

  • State Rep. Susan Wagle criticizes subpoenas over governor’s meetings

    TOPEKA – A Wichita Republican accused a Democratic district attorney Tuesday of conducting a “political fishing expedition” for issuing subpoenas to seven legislators to force them to answer questions about private dinner meetings lawmakers had with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

  • Flurry of briefs filed in Kansas redistricting case after last week’s testimony

    Some of the state’s biggest political names have made final attempts to influence a panel of federal judges before they redraw the state’s 179 legislative, congressional and state school board districts.

  • Glitch lurks in Kansas income tax cuts

    The tax bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback last month contains a glitch that sends conflicting signals about whether the deductions would be repealed or not, The Kansas City Star has learned.

  • Judges seem poised to draw their own district maps for Kansas

    – Federal judges deciding the fate of Kansas’ legislative districts sent strong signals Wednesday that they might jettison plans that didn’t make it through the Legislature and draw their own district maps.

  • Patience wears thin with delays at driver’s license, tag offices

    Sighing, grumbling and in some cases, swearing, about 150 people stood, or sat, in line Tuesday to try to get new or renewed driver’s licenses at Twin Lakes near 21st and Amidon.

  • Court allows lawmakers, voters to intervene in redistricting suit

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Three federal judges who will set new political boundaries for Kansas ruled Monday that at least 13 people — including a congressman, two state lawmakers and two Wichita businessmen — will be allowed to participate in a lawsuit over the Legislature’s failure to approve any redistricting plans.

  • What passed, what failed in the 2012 Legislature

    Here’s a look at some things the Legislature passed — and some it didn’t — during its 99-day session.

  • With tax cuts and budget deal, Kansas Legislature finishes session

    TOPEKA – Kansans can expect income tax cuts, a little more education funding and, if the economy doesn’t grow quickly, significant cuts in state services as a result of one of the most politically divisive legislative sessions in recent history.

  • Late-night budget deal gives $40 million more to Kansas schools

    TOPEKA – State lawmakers reached a compromise late Saturday night that would mean $40 million more in spending for schools.

  • Kansas to merge arts, film groups; arts funding uncertain

    – While Kansas plans to overhaul its arts agency this summer to focus it on generating new jobs, state funding for arts programs remained uncertain as legislators continued discussing budget issues Saturday.

  • Kansas House pushes through tax-cut plan, sidelines compromise bill

    TOPEKA – Gov. Sam Brownback said he’s ready to sign a major tax-cut plan that is projected to plunge the state’s budget into a $270 million deficit in 2014 and cascade to a $2 billion hole within a few years.

  • Wichita lawmaker floats idea of selling KU Hospital

    As debate on the Kansas budget approached midnight, a Wichita lawmaker proposed the idea of studying the sale of the University of Kansas Hospital.

  • Kansas House adds more money for schools, passes budget

    TOPEKA — The Kansas Legislature moved closer to increasing funding for education Tuesday when it approved a plan to add $50 million to elementary and secondary education.

  • Bill would give state contractors incentive to hire workers with disabilities

    The state might be able to move some people with disabilities off its troubled waiting lists if it creates a new program that gives state contractors an incentive to hire people with disabilities.

  • House committee advances proposed $14 billion Kansas budget

    TOPEKA – A Kansas House panel on Tuesday finished writing a proposed $14 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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