The concourse of the B terminal of Kansas City International Airport, with a closed convenience store.

Glimpses of the new Kansas City airport make visiting current terminals a chore

BY: - November 12, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The cliché about the Kansas City airport used to go […]

A worker assembles a Ford truck in a factory.

Workers feel alienated, helpless and overwhelmed. Here’s one way to alleviate their malaise.

BY: - November 11, 2022

First it was the “Great Resignation.” Then it was “nobody wants to work anymore.” Now it’s “quiet quitting.” Yet it seems like no one wants to talk about what I see as the root cause of America’s economic malaise — work under contemporary capitalism is fundamentally flawed. As a political philosopher studying the effects of contemporary […]

A man swings a hammer from on top of a house frame

4 takeaways on housing ahead of inflation report

BY: - November 9, 2022

Housing costs, including rental prices, are on the path to stabilizing but evidence of this won’t show up in inflation measures anytime soon, economists say. The latest Consumer Price Index numbers, which are used to measure inflation, come out on Thursday morning. But the survey used to measure shelter, a large component of inflation, lags […]

Opponents of a proposed 2,000-acre solar farm in Jackson County rise up Monday to show county commissioners those eager for imposition of an 18-month moratorium on consideration of new solar projects. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Jackson County Commission gathers input ahead of vote on 18-month solar farm moratorium

BY: - November 7, 2022

Jackson County Commission members check the public's temperature regarding a proposed 18-month moratorium on consideration of solar farm applications.

Jim Zakoura, an energy lawyer frustrated by the Kansas Corporation Commission's refusal to investigate possible natural gas market manipulation in the 2021 winter storm, participates in a Kansas Reflector podcast to discuss an order requiring residential customers to cover $622 million in extraordinary costs incurred by utility companies during a storm named Uri. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas energy lawyer presses for inquiry of potential market manipulation in 2021 cold snap

BY: - November 7, 2022

Kansas energy attorney frustrated by KCC's unwillingness to explore possible natural gas market manipulation during 2021 winter storm.

Democrat Patrick Schmidt, left, and Republican U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner appear on stage during a TV debate

Democrat launches biting critique during TV debate for Kansas congressional seat

BY: - November 4, 2022

TOPEKA — Democrat Patrick Schmidt harshly criticized Republican U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner during a televised debate Thursday for hiding on Jan. 6, 2021, while Capitol Police “were getting the s*** beat out of them,” then voted against accepting the results of the 2020 presidential election. Schmidt, a U.S. Navy intelligence officer who is considered an […]

The Kansas Department of Revenue said state tax collections of $704 million in October exceeded expectations by 11% or $73 million. It was the 27th consecutive month state tax revenue surpassed the forecast. (Getty Images)

Kansas reports 27th consecutive month of surplus tax revenue collections

BY: - November 3, 2022

Kansas government's tax collections in October exceeded projections by $70 million or 11% — the 27th consecutive month revenue was higher than anticipated.

U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference

The Fed raises interest rates again, signals more coming despite pressure to slow the pace

BY: - November 3, 2022

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that in its continuing efforts to tamp down inflation, it would raise interest rates yet again by another three-quarters of a point to a target range of 3.75 to 4%. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a news conference following the announcement that the “historically fast pace” of rate […]

State Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Democrat, said Wednesday in a candidate debate that he deserved election to a four-year term after improving operation in the office since appointed two years ago. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas treasurer nominees not eager to add audit duty, split on college saving plan

BY: - October 27, 2022

Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates for state treasurer debated financial issues, but also talked about pot, health care and the bully pulpit.

In the Co/efficient poll released this weekend, 47% of the over 1,500 voters sampled support the so-called “Value Them Both” amendment and 43% are against it. The remaining 10% are undecided. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Many Kansas Democrats have zipped their lips on abortion rights. That’s a weird choice.

BY: - October 24, 2022

A singular mystery looms over election season this year in Kansas. Why aren’t we hearing more about abortion? After all, it was only Aug. 2 that a breathtakingly large majority of Kansans — nearly 60% of voters — turned out to protect abortion rights. They rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have […]

A view during the inauguration of a green-tech "REFHYNE" hydrogen production plant at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland in Wesseling, Germany

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 23, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]

Council Grove downtown streetscape

Searching for the future of Kansas’ Council Grove in three trees, three places and three people

BY: - October 20, 2022

Downtown Council Grove practically floats off the pavement. The 19th century buildings levitate, careful gingerbread constructions of brick and mortar and stone, bringing the past to life while nudging the community into the future. I visited the city, about an hour south of Manhattan, last month. Council Grove isn’t a former industrial town tucked in […]