New Kansas revenue forecast predicts $2.89B surplus, bolstering push to cut food tax

BY: - November 10, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers from both parties welcomed new revenue forecasts Wednesday that project a $2.89 billion surplus to the state general fund as evidence the state can afford to exempt groceries from the state sales tax. Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat seeking re-election, called on lawmakers to “axe” the food tax earlier this week […]

White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill

BY: and - November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They […]

Black Hills reaches deal with Kansas regulators to add $11.47 to monthly bills for five years

BY: - November 10, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas regulators have reached an agreement with Black Hills Energy to recoup $87.9 million in costs tied to excessive natural gas prices during a week in February when an arctic chill dropped temperatures more than 20 degrees below zero. The natural gas utility’s residential customers will pay, on average, an additional $11.47 each […]

Kansas lawmakers plan special session for response to vaccine mandates

BY: - November 9, 2021

TOPEKA — Senate President Ty Masterson says “motions are underway” to call a special session for Nov. 22 to address legislation dealing with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The Republican from Andover on Tuesday unveiled proposals that would shield employees from inquiries into their religious beliefs and ensure they receive unemployment benefits if discharged for refusing to […]

Easing of supply chain problems to start with backed-up seaports, White House says

BY: - November 9, 2021

The first seaport to improve its facilities following passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill could be in Savannah, Georgia, a senior Biden administration official said Tuesday. President Joe Biden has yet to sign the measure, which Congress sent to Biden’s desk late last week, funding improvements in highways, transit, ports, waterways, airports and other […]

Gov. Laura Kelly appointed Monday an acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She selected Janet Stanek, director of the State Employee Health Benefits Program. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor plans to ‘axe’ sales tax on food, joins AG in urging legislative action

BY: - November 8, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she plans to introduce legislation in January to exempt food from the state sales tax, joining Attorney General Derek Schmidt in urging GOP leaders to take action on the issue. Kelly, a Democrat running for re-election, said her plan will “axe” the sales tax on groceries. Schmidt, the […]

Kansas Children’s Cabinet makes $582K investment in Lawrence child care

BY: - November 8, 2021

TOPEKA — Community stakeholders are hopeful a grant of more than $500,000 for an early childhood education center in Lawrence will help meet the basic needs of families with young children and allow for improved workforce retention. Community Children’s Center, a local nonprofit supporting early childhood education in Douglas County, received a $582,000 grant from […]

CVS sometimes forces people to use its pharmacies. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in

BY: - November 7, 2021

CVS Health and other massive corporations often use their pharmacy middleman subsidiaries to force people to get the most expensive class of drugs from the businesses’ own mail-order pharmacies. Some call the practice “patient steering.” CVS and companies such as UnitedHealth and ExpressScripts/Cigna say the arrangements save patients money. But some patients, oncologists and other […]

U.S. House sends $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature

BY: and - November 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill and took a major step toward passage of a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill late Friday, following months of wrangling between Democrats’ progressive and moderate wings. The votes marked a milestone in the marathon negotiations among members of the House […]

Shawn Parcells, a Kansan who assisted in the 2014 autopsy of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was found guilty of six crimes related to performing autopsies in Kansas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Autopsy huckster without Kansas medical credentials guilty of six offenses

BY: - November 5, 2021

Kansan guilty of six criminal offenses tied to illegal autopsies participated in 2014 review of evidence in shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and the four other Kansas Republicans in Congress registered opposition to federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates applicable to businesses with more than 100 employees. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans in Congress rip vaccination order applied to workers of private businesses

BY: - November 5, 2021

The five Kansas Republicans in Congress oppose President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandate applicable to businesses with 100-plus workers.

Kansas State University simplifies inquiry of religious beliefs for anti-vax employees

BY: - November 4, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas State University has simplified its religious exemption form, based on new guidance from the federal government, for employees who don’t want to get a required COVID-19 vaccine. The change follows criticism leveled by lawmakers on a “government overreach” committee who complained about the university’s approach to “playing God” and interrogating employees for […]