COVID-19

Surging tax collections in Kansas reflect uncertainty of economic recovery

BY: - June 4, 2021

TOPEKA — A sparkling state revenue report for May reflects the challenges of accurately predicting what will happen in a post-pandemic economy goosed by unprecedented streams of government stimulus. Even after a late-April adjustment to the state’s official revenue forecast, which provides the barometer lawmakers use to form tax deals and set spending levels, Kansas […]

Kansas racial justice panel turns focus to equitable distribution of federal aid

BY: - June 4, 2021

TOPEKA — As Kansas is set to receive about $1.6 billion in discretionary pandemic relief aid from the federal government, a state equity panel wants to ensure minority and at-risk communities have a seat at the table when deciding how to dole those funds out. The Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice subcommittee on […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to […]

A pair of nonprofit organizations supportive of advance mail voting filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging Kansas' new restrictions on the process of acquiring an advance ballot. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Federal lawsuit challenges Kansas’ new advance mail balloting process

BY: - June 2, 2021

Advocacy groups file federal lawsuit challenging Kansas' ban on out-of-state entities sending advance ballot applications to voters.

Kansas business leaders, governor meet amid push to end extra unemployment benefits

BY: - June 2, 2021

TOPEKA — A group of business leaders from across Kansas met Tuesday with Gov. Laura Kelly, pushing the Democratic governor to change her stance on supplemental unemployment insurance offered during the pandemic. As businesses across the state look to return to pre-pandemic routines and fill vacancies, many are hoping Kelly will end Kansas’ participation in […]

rise in abortions during 2020 after she allowed clinics to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Influx of Texas, Oklahoma residents seeking an abortion drives up Kansas total in 2020

BY: - June 1, 2021

TOPEKA — A surge in out-of-state residents seeking abortions in Kansas last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic moved incidence of the procedure to a level comparable to 2012 and 2013 when Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was signing bills and championing regulations to curtail access to abortion. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly kept abortion clinics in Kansas […]

Kansas governor offers raffle incentive for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - June 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that Kansans could win prizes if they get a COVID-19 vaccine or test. “The Race to End COVID-19” will raffle off prizes June 4 and 5 at the Kansas Speedway. Participants can enter the raffle by getting a COVID-19 saliva test or the vaccine administered by the University […]

Equity task force looks to continue push as COVID-19 vaccination racial disparity improves in Kansas

BY: - May 29, 2021

TOPEKA — A concerted effort among community stakeholders to get communities of color vaccinated against COVID-19 has driven up rates but a state task force is still seeking ways to bring them fully even with their white counterparts. Members of the Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force have pointed to meeting these communities where they […]

OPINION

HIV/AIDS vaccine: Why don’t we have one after 37 years, when we have several for COVID-19 after a few months?

BY: - May 29, 2021

Smallpox has been eradicated from the face of the Earth following a highly effective, worldwide vaccination campaign. Paralytic poliomyelitis is no longer a problem in the U.S. because of development and use of effective vaccines against the poliovirus. In current times, millions of lives have been saved because of rapid deployment of effective vaccines against […]

Legislative leadership extends Kansas disaster declaration through June 15, ends block on evictions

BY: - May 28, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas legislative leaders moved Friday to extend the state of emergency for the pandemic through June 15, while ending the block on evictions, despite requests from the governor for a 30-day extension. In a brief meeting, House and Senate leadership debated the merits of extending the state of emergency declaration until June 27 — […]

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Republican candidate for governor in 2022, denounced Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of $500,000 for stem-cell research into potential treatments for COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Social conservatives accuse Kelly of sowing confusion, stifling innovation on stem-cell veto

BY: - May 28, 2021

Anti-abortion activists and socially conservative politicians critical of Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of $500,000 for stem-cell research funding.

Kansas governor renews high-stakes clash with Republicans over COVID-19 emergency declaration

BY: - May 27, 2021

TOPEKA — Maj. Gen. David Weishaar told legislative leadership Wednesday they haven’t heard him talk much in the past year because he tries to save his words for when they are important. And what he was about to say was important. If the current emergency declaration for COVID-19 were to expire on Friday as scheduled, the […]