Kansas state tax revenue slips $13.7 million below revised estimate for fiscal year
Kansas officials said state tax revenue of $3.64 billion from July to November was nearly $14 million less than anticipated.
Davids, Alford lead bipartisan effort for bill aimed at helping veterans launch small businesses
Kansas and Missouri members of U.S. House offer bipartisan support for bill crafted to make it easier for veterans to start and operate a small business.
Unique Kansas coalition encourages thousands with disabilities to open ABLE savings accounts
Kansas officials and Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities will work together on a campaign to convince disabled Kansas to open ABLE saving accounts.
KDOT awards $12 million to city, county transportation projects via cost-share initiative
KDOT delivers $12 million in transportation system improvement grants to cities, counties willing to meet the 15% minimum cost share obligation.
Central Kansas electric bills will increase following approval of Evergy rate hike
TOPEKA — State regulators approved a utility rate change that will decrease electric rates for Kansas City customers and push up prices for other customers in the state after a long tug of war between proposed corporation price hikes and commission staff estimates over fair prices. During a Tuesday meeting, the three-member Kansas Corporation Commission […]
Kansas moves ahead with $6.46 million grant program to bolster local food supply chains
Kansas Department of Agriculture launches $6.4 million grant program to build more resilient local or regional supply system of food for human consumption.
Retailers pare back their seasonal hiring to prepare for ho-hum holidays
Black Friday shoppers may notice longer lines and fewer retail associates in some of their favorite stores than in past holiday seasons as retailers scale back seasonal hiring over concerns about consumer spending. JCPenney is hiring 12,000 fewer workers than last year. Macy’s 3,000 fewer. Meanwhile a Walmart executive said the retail giant has been […]
Democrats urge feds to update banking ‘red flags’ on legal marijuana businesses
The federal government unfairly penalizes state-legal marijuana businesses whose owners have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes, restricting them from loans and other banking tools, a group of U.S. Senate and House Democrats wrote to the Treasury Department asking for a change in policy. The group of 20 lawmakers, who mostly represent states where recreational marijuana […]
Kobach objects to proposed federal rule allowing H-2A farm workers to unionize, fight exploitation
Attorney General Kris Kobach objects to Biden administration's plan to extended collective bargaining rights to U.S. seasonal farm workers on H-2A visas.
‘I felt so naughty’: New open carry alcohol laws boost downtowns
Holly Smith Mount wanted to be first. Smith Mount, chair of the city council in Huntington, West Virginia, was determined to see her community launch the state’s initial outdoor drinking zone — an idea made possible only after the legislature changed the state’s alcohol law earlier this year. “I will fully admit I’m very competitive,” she told […]
In Kansas, federal officials unveil $2 billion initiative to cut down carbon in federal buildings
TOPEKA — Standing outside the Frank Carlson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Monday, two members of the Biden administration announced a $2 billion investment for making federal buildings more eco-friendly in the latest federal attempt to combat the climate crisis. John Podesta, senior adviser to the president on clean energy innovation and implementation, and […]
Local leaders call for auto workers’ gains to spread to EV plants, Southern Black workers
Local Black elected leaders aligned with racial and economic justice groups want to build on the labor gains made through the United Auto Workers’ six-week strike. The union’s tentative deals with the big three automakers include major wins such as a 25% rise in pay and getting rid of the two-tier worker system. More than […]