Proposed tax increases in Kansas could prove costly

By   /  June 4, 2015  /  Kansas, Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Erik Telford | Watchdog Opinion
With a $411 million budget gap looming on July 1st, Kansas politicians have been trying to figure out how to tax their way out of the problem. Governor Sam Brownback originally proposed a dramatic increase of the state’s tax rate on alcohol and cigarettes—so-called “sin goods”— but now, more than […]

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Attempt to force Obamacare expansion on states backfires

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  Florida, Health Care, Kansas, National, News, Tennessee, Texas  /  No Comments

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Trying to force Obamacare expansion onto Florida by cutting funding for an existing Medicaid program has backfired on President Obama.

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Kansas lawmaker accuses governor of risking lives for Uber

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Kansas, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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A leading Kansas state lawmaker accused Gov. Sam Brownback of endangering Kansans after a bill aimed at upping insurance requirements and mandating criminal background checks for ride-sharing drivers failed to gain Brownback’s signature on Monday.

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Uber’s Kansas battle gets personal

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Kansas, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

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Uber’s threat to leave Kansas over a bill sitting on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk is also a personal fight for one of the company’s city managers.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking The Bank — When pension reform isn’t really pension reform

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Kansas, Maryland, News, Pensions, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Breaking The Bank is’s weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it’s affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

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Pension bonds have been bad news, but Kansas is betting on them anyway

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Issues, Kansas, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Too risky. That’s how a former Wall Street gambler who became New Jersey governor described the idea of states taking on additional debt to pay off pension obligations.

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