Medicaid – Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican state lawmakers are balking at expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. This despite the fact the federal government would pay the full cost for three years and after that Kansas would only have to pay 10 percent of it. Clearly, it’s the cruel politics of Brownback that keeps Kansas from accepting such support from Washington, D.C.
By a 25-14 vote, Kansas senators agreed to eliminate property taxes for many of the state’s private gyms and health clubs. Seriously. The state that can’t figure out how to balance its budget after binging on income-tax cuts last session is now contemplating an additional tax break to a special group of businesses, at a cost of around $4 million a year. The move is another flagrant show of disregard for local governments and school districts, which would also lose property-tax dollars.