Chris Steineger

Senate Blocks Improved Oversight of $581M for KBA

By   /  June 1, 2012  /  Kansas, Legislature, News  /  1 Comment

By Paul Soutar | Kansas Watchdog
TOPEKA — Under the direction of Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, the Kansas Senate twice blocked efforts to safeguard the $581 million entrusted over 15 years to the troubled Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Critics say KBA’s 11-member board provided lax oversight, authorized high executive pay, cultivated a cult of secrecy around grant awards and engaged [...]

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Grants by Kansas Bioscience Authority May Violate Statute

By   /  June 27, 2011  /  Kansas, News  /  1 Comment

Legislators say the statute authorizing the Kansas Bioscience Authority needs to be clarified, and grants given to organizations with financial connections to KBA board members may not be appropriate.
The Kansas Legislature created the KBA in 2004 and gave it $581 million to create bioscience research and jobs in Kansas. KBA has been under fire for [...]

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Interview with Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner about new health care law

By   /  April 25, 2011  /  Audio, Federal Government, Health Care, Kansas  /  1 Comment

Kansas Watchdog interviewed Michael Tanner in Shawnee on Thursday about his views of the new federal health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Tanner is senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC and is the author of Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health [...]

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Analysts and Elected Officials Ignored Flaws in Air Subsidy Claims

By   /  February 14, 2011  /  Economy, Kansas, Legislature  /  2 Comments

Economic benefits attributed to the Affordable Airfare subsidy, formerly Wichita Fair Fares, are overstated and oversight is lacking according to a new report by the Division of Legislative Post Audit (LPA).
The report’s findings shouldn’t be a surprise to Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR), a source of the overstated claims, [...]

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Kansas Secretary of State Candidates in Republican Primary

By   /  June 28, 2010  /  Kansas, Politics & Elections  /  11 Comments

This is another article in a series about candidates in contested August primary elections.
On Saturday the Olathe Republican Party held their 15th annual “Fun and Freedom Picnic” and invited a number of public officials and candidates to speak, including the three Republican candidates for Kansas Secretary of State.
We talked to each of the [...]

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Ethics Commission inconsistent with rulings?

By   /  May 20, 2010  /  Ethics, Kansas  /  No Comments

State law forbids legislators, candidates, and other state elected officials from soliciting political contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session.  This prohibition attempts to prevent trading of votes in the legislature for political money.
What happens when lobbyists are asked for money while the legislature is in session?  If the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission [...]

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