KS: Green energy industry gauging winds of change

By   /  October 29, 2012  /  Economy, Energy, Featured, Federal Government, Kansas, Kansas Watchdog, News, Taxes  /  2 Comments

Lost Creek Wind Farm

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — The fate of a green energy tax credit could put the brakes on an accelerating expansion of renewable energy across the U.S. as developers try to avoid plunging off the fiscal cliff.
In question is the future of the Renewable Energy Production tax credit, which provides more than 2 cents per [...]

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KS: DMV task force leaves ordinary drivers in the dust

By   /  October 5, 2012  /  Featured, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, News, State Government  /  7 Comments

Gov. Sam Brownback, flanked by members of the newly-formed DMV Modernization Task Force, announces the goals of the group during a press conference at Olathe Ford Lincoln auto dealership in Olathe on Friday.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OLATHE — From law enforcement to auto dealers, Gov. Sam Brownback’s new Department of Motor Vehicles  Modernization Task Force has representatives from every relevant field, except one — the folks who pay the bills.
Jeff Kocen, an Overland Park resident who has set up a website dedicated to reforming Revenue Department [...]

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KS: Candidates fail to file finance reports; fines have reached their limits

By   /  September 17, 2012  /  Ethics, Featured, Finances, General Interest, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, News, Politics, Politics & Elections, Public records, State Elections, State Government, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Allan Rothlisberg

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — The candidates vying for a seat in the Kansas Legislature have submitted campaign finance reports to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, as is required by law.
Except for two of them — Republicans Allan Rothlisberg and Elliot Lahn.
Rothlisberg and Lahn are the lone two in a field of 400 Kansas House and [...]

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KS: Democrats looking for donors to show them the money

By   /  September 14, 2012  /  2012 General Election, Elections, Featured, Finances, General Interest, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, News, Politics, Politics & Elections, State Government, Uncategorized  /  7 Comments

Kansas Democrats have barely raised a fraction of the campaign funds collected by Republican Congressional incumbents this election season.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — Big elections mean big money, but not necessarily for Kansas Democrats.
Fundraising for Kansas Republican congressional incumbents is as robust as ever, according to OpenSecrets.org. GOP candidates so far this election season have raised more than $5 million.
In contrast, Democrats — who have candidates in two of the state’s four House [...]

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KS: State unprepared for potential loss in school funding lawsuit

By   /  September 6, 2012  /  Budget, Education, Finances, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  2 Comments

Legislators say the state has done nothing to prepare for a loss in Kansas' latest school funding lawsuit, which is seeking $1.5 billion for public schools.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — While most observers say a verdict in Kansas’ latest school funding lawsuit could go either way, legislators say the state has done little to brace for the monetary implications of a loss.
Sometime during the next three months, a special three-judge panel will announce its decision on the lawsuit, [...]

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