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New estimate lowers deficit of Kansas income tax plan

TOPEKA – The outlook improved Monday for a proposed tax-cutting plan being debated by House and Senate negotiators.

Kansas Senate rejects parks bill that would have cut senior discounts

— The Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed people to buy yearly state park passes with their vehicle registration, but would have also eliminated half-off discounts for seniors and the disabled.

Estimate: Tax cuts could mean $910 million deficit for Kansas

The state could face a $910 million budget deficit when a proposed income and property tax reduction plan goes into full effect in 2018, according to a draft estimate obtained by The Eagle.

Brownback: Cost controls can pay for tax cuts

Gov. Sam Brownback fully backs the aggressive tax-cutting plan that has emerged after months of debate, and he said the state can afford it – though it may force the state to hold down costs.

Westar’s $50 million rate increase gets approved

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a $50 million increase in electric rates for Westar Energy, pleasing the company but angering state consumer advocates.

Funding uncertainty has ‘cooling effect’ on Kansas Bioscience Authority

TOPEKA – The Kansas Bioscience Authority has not received payments from the state since November and it is creating a “cooling effect” on its ability to attract high-tech bioscience companies to the state, a KBA official said Wednesday.

Capital city divided by redistricting plan; East Topeka goes west and West Topeka goes east

TOPEKA — After an hour of debate and Democratic accusations of Republicans playing politics with district maps, the state House passed a plan that divides the capital city between two congressional districts.

Kansas House OKs prayer room at state Capitol

Whether a representation of Kansas heritage, or an erosion of the separation of church and state, the Capitol Prayer and Meditation Room moved one step closer to fruition Wednesday.

Kansas Senate vote opens door for talks on tax reform

The prospects for sweeping income tax reform appeared dead for a couple of hours Wednesday.

Kansas Senate severely alters Gov. Brownback’s income tax plan

TOPEKA – Senators stripped away key elements of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-cut proposal Tuesday while leaving modest income tax reductions for wage-earners and eliminating non-wage income taxes for thousands of businesses.

Kansas bill would allow officials to explain ballot items in ‘plain English’

Frustrated with an incomprehensible ballot question in a recent Wichita election, state representatives on Monday amended a bill to allow local officials to provide voters with a plain-language explanation of what they’re voting on.

Thousands of disabled Kansans waiting for services, some for years

As Pamela Bromme watches “American Idol” on TV in her south Wichita apartment, next to her chair is her arsenal for fighting the disease that has disabled her – 15 kinds of pills and a cane.

Lawmakers: Safety corridor for Kellogg would save lives

It could cost you a lot to get caught speeding on Kellogg if the freeway is declared a safety corridor.

Blue Cross of Kansas won’t bid to be Medicaid managed-care contractor

The state’s largest insurance company has decided it doesn’t want to participate in Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to move Medicaid patients into privatized managed-care programs.

Brownback’s dinners with legislators may be violating Open Meetings Act

Gov. Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman is defending the dinners he hosted this month with legislative leaders amid questions about whether they violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Kansas Bioscience Authority auditor grilled in hearing

Two days after a $960,000 audit revealed problems in the Kansas Bioscience Authority, the chief auditor faced a grilling Wednesday by lawmakers who questioned whether the investigation had gone far enough and raised the possibility of prosecuting the KBA’s former chief executive.

Audit finds Kansas Bioscience Authority’s former leader misspent funds, destroyed documents

The former head of the Kansas Bioscience Authority misspent agency funds and destroyed documents on his computer that had been subpoenaed by a prosecutor investigating the agency, according to an in-depth audit of the state-funded authority.

Peterjohn will seek second term as Sedgwick County commissioner

Vowing to continue his drive to give voters more control over the amount of property taxes they pay, Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn announced Friday that he will seek a second term in office.

How to contact south-central Kansas legislators

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State’s proposed domestic violence contract widely criticized

A proposed state contract for helping low-income abused women has drawn widespread criticism because of fear that it would require domestic violence programs to promote two-parent families.

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