Senate bill sets local government conflict-of-interest standard for Kansas solar, wind projects
Kansas Senate bill creates confict-of-interest laws for local government officials on solar and wind projects that don't exist for state legislators.
Kansas reaches $304M incentives deal with Integra for $1.8 billion semiconductor project
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 […]
Kansas electric vehicle advocates stomping brake on bill imposing new state recharge tax
Kansas House weighs idea of assessing special tax on charging stations for all-electric vehicles because EV owners are dodging state fuel taxes.
Kansas attorney general’s office eager to work with Legislature to dam robocall tidal wave
The chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee and the attorney general's consumer protection division plan to collaborate against the robocall plague.
Analysis shows Kansas Chamber’s flat tax proposal costs $1.5B, favors top 20% of wage earners
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.
Offshore wind will need major investments in transmission, supply chain, reports say
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 […]
How did renewables fare during Winter Storm Elliott
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 […]
FBI special agent’s take on national cybersecurity threats: ‘I have a hard time going to sleep’
University of Kansas, FBI point to need for greater cybersecurity investments to thwart criminals and governments seeking to undermine U.S. economy.
GOP U.S. House passes bill opening more public land to development if reserve oil is tapped
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 […]
Judicial Council wants 30-day notice of involuntary discharge from Kansas elder care facilities
Kansas Judicial Council proposes state law granting 30-day notice and appeal process for involuntary discharges from assisted living facilities.
Audit of Kansas economic development programs offers mixed assessment of incentives
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 launches statewide partnership to leverage expertise in economic development
Kansas State University and NetWork Kansas formed an alliance to better deliver economic development expertise to local communities in all 105 counties.