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Sen. Mike Thompson, R-Shawnee, proposes passage of a bill requiring local government officials follow a standard of confict-of-interest disclosure related to wind and solar project developments not required of state legislators. (Jill Hummels for the Kansas Reflector)

Senate bill sets local government conflict-of-interest standard for Kansas solar, wind projects

BY: - February 3, 2023

Kansas Senate bill creates confict-of-interest laws for local government officials on solar and wind projects that don't exist for state legislators.

Integra president and CEO Brett Robinson joins Gov. Laura Kelly during a news conference

Kansas reaches $304M incentives deal with Integra for $1.8 billion semiconductor project

BY: - February 2, 2023

TOPEKA — Kansas officials revealed a megadeal Thursday with Wichita-based Integra Technologies, which will receive $304 million in tax incentives over 10 years in exchange for a $1.8 billion investment in the manufacture of computer chips. As part of the deal, Integra plans to add 1,994 jobs and build a million-square-foot facility in Wichita. The […]

Rep. Bill Rhiley, R-Wellington, urged the Kansas House Transportation Committee to embrace a bill imposing a new battery recharge tax on owners of electric vehicles in response to decline of state gasoline tax revenue used to repair highways. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kansas electric vehicle advocates stomping brake on bill imposing new state recharge tax

BY: - February 1, 2023

Kansas House weighs idea of assessing special tax on charging stations for all-electric vehicles because EV owners are dodging state fuel taxes.

Sen. Rob Olson, left, an Olathe Republican and chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee, wants to increase the state's response to irritating robocalls often placed by financial scammers. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general’s office eager to work with Legislature to dam robocall tidal wave

BY: - January 31, 2023

The chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee and the attorney general's consumer protection division plan to collaborate against the robocall plague.

Adam Proffitt, budget director for Gov. Laura Kelly, presented a new state government budget to House and Senate members Thursday that deposits $500 million in a rainy-day fund, expands Medicaid and ends the state's 4% sales tax on groceries April 1. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Analysis shows Kansas Chamber’s flat tax proposal costs $1.5B, favors top 20% of wage earners

BY: , and - January 30, 2023

A flat-rate income tax sought by the Kansas Chamber would reduce state revenue $1.5 billion per year and primarily benefit the state's highest wage earners.

A rendering of Dominion Energy's offshore wind installation vessel

Offshore wind will need major investments in transmission, supply chain, reports say

BY: - January 28, 2023

Achieving the aggressive offshore wind power goals of the federal government and individual states will require billions of dollars in spending on transmission infrastructure, “unprecedented” cooperation between grid operators and federal and state agencies, and would be aided by major buildout of a domestic supply chain, per a pair of reports released this week. Coastal […]

Wind turbines in a snowy field

How did renewables fare during Winter Storm Elliott

BY: - January 28, 2023

A day after Christmas, as parts of the country were still digging out from Winter Storm Elliott, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, undeterred by the absence of much concrete data, already knew where to cast the blame for rolling blackouts implemented in parts of the South to keep the grid from collapsing. “While there […]

The FBI, private sector cybersecurity executives and University of Kansas researchers convened to search for ways to deepen collaboration to meet growing challenges of hackers, intellectual property thieves and rogue governments damaging IT infrastructure in the United States. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

FBI special agent’s take on national cybersecurity threats: ‘I have a hard time going to sleep’

BY: - January 27, 2023

University of Kansas, FBI point to need for greater cybersecurity investments to thwart criminals and governments seeking to undermine U.S. economy.

an aerial view of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

GOP U.S. House passes bill opening more public land to development if reserve oil is tapped

BY: - January 27, 2023

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill Friday to force the White House to make more federal land and waters available for oil and gas development if the president orders the withdrawal of more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The bill, passed 221-205, mostly along party lines, would strip the president’s power to remove oil […]

Rachel Imthurn, left, and Barb Conant support the Kansas Judicial Council's recommendation for a state law requiring 30-day notice and appeals process for involuntary discharge from an assisted living facility in Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Judicial Council wants 30-day notice of involuntary discharge from Kansas elder care facilities

BY: - January 27, 2023

Kansas Judicial Council proposes state law granting 30-day notice and appeal process for involuntary discharges from assisted living facilities.

Josh Luthi, a state auditor, appears before a legislative committee

Audit of Kansas economic development programs offers mixed assessment of incentives

BY: - January 19, 2023

Members of the Kansas Legislature say a new audit of state economic development incentives was flawed because it didn't allow comparisons to a 2014 review.

Kansas State University president Richard Linton said Tuesday the university formed an alliance with NetWork Kansas to provide economic development expertise to communities in all 105 counties. The program, "K-State 105," is designed to aid small business startups and existing companies. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State launches statewide partnership to leverage expertise in economic development

BY: - January 17, 2023

Kansas State University and NetWork Kansas formed an alliance to better deliver economic development expertise to local communities in all 105 counties.