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The Kansas Department of Revenue reported the state took in $96 million or 11% more in state tax revenue in September than anticipated. State officials said a 40% surge in corporate income tax revenue was a sign of business optimism for the rest of 2022. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas officials optimistic about September’s 40% surge in corporate tax revenue

BY: - October 3, 2022

Kansas surpassed tax revenue estimates in September with a surge in corporate tax collections indicative of optimism about bottom-line results through 2022.

OPINION

Butter, garage doors and SUVs: Why shortages remain common 2½ years into the pandemic

BY: - September 30, 2022

Shortages of basic goods still plague the U.S. economy — 2½ years after the pandemic’s onset turned global supply chains upside down. Want a new car? You may have to wait as long as six months, depending on the model you order. Looking for a spicy condiment? Supplies of Sriracha hot sauce have been running dangerously low. And […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, campaigning against Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, said her second-term agenda included end of state's food sales tax, tax relief for the elderly and back-to-school sales tax holiday. (Photos by Sherman Smith and Thad Allton/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly backs school sales tax holiday, tax relief for elderly and quicker end of 6.5% food tax

BY: - September 29, 2022

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly unveils first plank of second-term agenda ahead of Nov. 8 showdown with GOP nominee Derek Schmidt.

Matt Fletcher, executive director of InterHab, said about 28,500 workers providing home or community-based care to people with disabilities in Kansas welcome bonuses made possible through $51 million in federal funding received by the state. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Bonuses flowing to Kansas workers providing direct care for people with disabilities

BY: - September 28, 2022

Kansas is dedicating $51 million in federal funding to bonuses for 28,500 workers providing home or community care to people with disabilities.

Kansas GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins raised an alarm about federal funding for more IRS agents, while opponent U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids challenged Adkins' opposition to a potential ban on abortion in the United States. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Adkins taps into anxiety of IRS audit surge, criticizes Kansas Democrats’ focus on abortion

BY: - September 27, 2022

GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins stokes fear of IRS audits, while U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids questions Adkins' position on abortion rights.

USDA rural development under secretary Xochitl Torres-Small

USDA to spend $500 million extending high-speed internet to rural America

BY: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will send more than $500 million in loans and grants to telecommunications providers to bring high-speed internet to rural areas across 20 states, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. The department will spend $360 million in grants and $141 million in loans through its ReConnect Program to benefit sparsely populated communities, […]

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Hutchinson microbrewery hopes to avoid losing liquor license with plea to buy food

BY: - September 21, 2022

A Hutchinson microbrewery sold more than $16,000 worth of hot dogs and other food Tuesday night in defiance of antiquated Kansas liquor laws. With another $13,000 worth of food sales by the end of the month, the business can stay open. Sandhills Brewing, a microbrewery with two taprooms, is in danger of losing its liquor license […]

Evergy building in downtown Topeka

Kansas regulators order Evergy to explain ‘highly concerning’ jump in planned capital spending

BY: - September 21, 2022

The Kansas Corporation Commission wants Evergy to explain a more than 20% jump in the cost of its capital improvement plan. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, campaigning against Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, said her second-term agenda included end of state's food sales tax, tax relief for the elderly and back-to-school sales tax holiday. (Photos by Sherman Smith and Thad Allton/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas recovers 80% of jobs lost to COVID-19, jobless figure ticks up to 2.5%

BY: - September 20, 2022

GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt says Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly damaged the state's job market by fumbling the COVID-19 response.

GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds

BY: - September 19, 2022

Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG for short. Describing these investment criteria as “woke” and “misguided activism” GOP officials argue that by taking these factors into account when making investment choices, financial institutions are putting ideology ahead of making money. […]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt's campaign for Kansas governor Sunday during an Olathe rally. Schmidt is campaigning against Gov. Laura Kelly and two other candidates. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

DeSantis endorses Schmidt’s campaign for Kansas governor, pokes at Kelly’s ties to Biden

BY: - September 18, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis worked to broaden his 2024 presidential foundation by traveling to Kansas to endorse GOP gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt.

PR work for ‘Big Oil’ helped stymie climate action, U.S. House Democrats say

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON – Public relations firms aligned with oil and gas companies have tested the limits of their industry ethics and caused major slowdowns to federal climate change policy, Democrats on a U.S. House panel said at a Wednesday hearing. The firms’ conduct went beyond the bounds of ethical public relations work, Democrats on the House […]