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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

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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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Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds

By   /  September 2, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Kansas, National  /  No Comments

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Renewable energy company Abengoa, headquartered in Spain, is fighting for its financial life. The company and its subsidiaries have received nearly $3 billion from the U.S government.

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