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Democrats, Republicans both identify support for their tax views in Kansas’ revenue estimates

Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax plan, passed by the Legislature in 2012, is either surpassing expectations or setting the state on course for a crash. It all depends on who you ask.

Senate candidate Chad Taylor to speak at South Sedgwick County Democratic Club

Chad Taylor, the district attorney in Topeka and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at an April 26 fundraiser for the South Sedgwick County Democratic Club.

Kansas Insurance Department explores how health care compact would affect traveling seniors’ coverage

A bill that would put federal money for health care programs under a state umbrella could potentially affect whether seniors remained covered when traveling to other states, according to a spokesman for the Kansas Insurance Department.

Kansas Democrats downplay a Senate bid by Kathleen Sebelius, while Republicans hope for it

The former governor and health and human services secretary is reportedly interested in a campaign against incumbent Pat Roberts, but Sebelius would not be the favorite if she ran.

NYT says Sebelius is considering taking on Roberts for Senate, but local Democrats doubtful

Kansas Democrats are downplaying a report in the New York Times suggesting Kathleen Sebelius may come back to Kansas to run for the Senate against Pat Roberts. Political reporters are salivating, and so, apparently, are Kansas Republicans.

Will Brownback sign school finance bill? Emporia, Wichita audiences hear different answers

An Emporia radio station recorded Gov. Sam Brownback saying he will sign a controversial school finance bill into law, about three hours before he told reporters in Wichita he hasn’t made up his mind.

Insurance chief Praeger, AARP urge Brownback to veto health care compact

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and an advocacy organization for seniors urged the governor Tuesday to veto a bill that they say could disrupt Medicare in Kansas.

Republicans concede bill would let teachers be fired without cause

Statehouse Republicans are having to abandon a key talking point in their effort to defuse teacher anger over an anti-tenure bill the Legislature passed a week ago, conceding the bill would allow school districts to fire veteran teachers without having to give a reason why.

GOP candidates for insurance commissioner support health compact bill

Four Republicans campaigning to become the state’s next insurance commissioner said Thursday that they support a bill that would bring Kansas into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul.

Brownback lauds parts of school finance bill, won’t comment on teachers’ due process

Gov. Sam Brownback praised the financial part of the state Legislature’s bill to resolve the school finance crisis, but would not say whether he agrees with a part of the bill designed to strip teachers of rights to due process before they can be fired.

Sebelius resigns after health care rollout fiasco

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, ending a turbulent five-year tenure that saw her become the public face of the troubled federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

Kansas teachers union set to sue if teacher firings lack due process

Officials with the state’s largest teachers union said they are ready to sue school districts that try to fire teachers without due process under a provision of an education bill passed by Kansas lawmakers Sunday.

Kansas Senate, House OK $2 million for innovation campus at Wichita State

The innovation campus that Wichita State University leaders hope to build to create more technology jobs took another step toward becoming reality this week, with the Kansas Legislature approving $2 million to help establish it, WSU officials said.

House, Senate OK school finance bill that eliminates due process for teachers

A bill that allocates millions more to schools but also strips teachers of a protection they have had since 1957 will head to the governor’s desk.

Bill barring local government from passing gun laws on its way to Brownback

A bill that nullifies local government control over guns shot through the House and to the governor’s desk in the waning hours of the regular session Saturday.

Kansas tax reforms not so friendly to those with business losses

A tax plan that Gov. Sam Brownback sold as “a shot of adrenaline to the heart” of the Kansas economy is causing heartburn for business owners who lost money in 2013.

House rejects compromise on school finance bill

The House sent a strong message to the Senate early Sunday by voting down a school finance bill that was packed with conservative policy changes.

Bill halting Medicaid expansion in Kansas headed to governor’s desk

A bill that will indefinitely halt the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas is headed to the governor’s desk.

Bill to fix school finance wins bipartisan approval in Kansas House

The Kansas House quickly passed its proposed solution for inequities in school funding Friday with bipartisan support, not long after the governor praised the bill.

Tax break for private health clubs clears Kansas Senate

After intense debate over the role of campaign contributions in legislation and the value of YMCAs to communities, the Senate decided Friday to exempt private for-profit health clubs from property taxes.

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