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Kansas education ruling could lead to higher taxes

By   /  October 5, 2016  /  Education Blog, Kansas  /  No Comments

STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he doesn't like pension bonds, but doesn't see another option.

The Kansas Supreme Court will decide if the state must allocate millions of dollars more to education, a move that Gov. Sam Brownback says could mean “major tax increases.” The court heard oral arguments last week. Read more here.

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Kansas lawmakers bend to court’s will on education funding

By   /  June 30, 2016  /  Education Blog, Kansas  /  No Comments

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Kansas has passed school funding legislation mandated by the state Supreme Court, which had issued a deadline for the state to equalize funding between school districts by the end of the month. The education plan will shift $38 million to poorer districts. Read more here.    

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Kansas legislature working to avoid school shutdown

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Education Blog, Kansas  /  No Comments

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A funding plan has been introduced in Kansas that would allow the state to avoid a shutdown of public schools. Committees in both the House and Senate have approved identical bills that would provide $38 million in aid to poor school districts in 2016-17, redistributing money from wealthier districts to poorer ones. Read more here.  

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Welfare, other reform bills survive key deadline in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 23, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, Food Stamp/SNAP, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Kansas, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Government, Transparency, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A welfare reform bill, a civil asset forfeiture bill and others survived another deadline in the Mississippi Legislature as the session winds down.

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Abengoa contagion spreads to U.S. biofuel plants, causing layoffs and shutdowns

By   /  December 7, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Kansas, Missouri, National, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, renewable energy giant Abengoa has thrown the biofuels industry in the U.S. for a loop.

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Kansas pension audit finds system at risk of abuse and fraud

By   /  September 9, 2015  /  Kansas  /  No Comments


An audit of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System found cases of double dipping – collecting benefits while having an alternative income.

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