Stephen Koranda http://hppr.org en Kansas Legislature Scolds Itself Over Slew Of Contentious Bills http://hppr.org/post/kansas-legislature-scolds-itself-over-slew-contentious-bills Some Kansas lawmakers have been getting a lot of attention during this legislative session for controversial bills they've introduced. Some lawmakers argue that the initiatives are distracting from core issues, like the economy, and are casting a negative light on the state.<p>One recent bill would make it legal for residents here to spank their kids harder, hard enough to leave bruises. There's another bill that supporters say is about religious freedom, but critics say that it offers protection for discrimination. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Stephen Koranda 29174 at http://hppr.org Kansas Legislature Scolds Itself Over Slew Of Contentious Bills Kansas Arts Budget Restoration Builds Goodwill http://hppr.org/post/kansas-arts-budget-restoration-builds-goodwill Last year, Kansas became the first state in the nation to completely eliminate arts funding. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has always said he supports the arts, but when the state was facing a tight budget, he said Kansas needed to cut back.<p>"As we look to grow Kansas' economy and focus state government resources to ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars, we must do all we can to protect the core functions of state government," he said.<p>Eliminating state funding last year affected hundreds of arts organizations. Sat, 09 Jun 2012 20:55:00 +0000 Stephen Koranda 2018 at http://hppr.org Kansas Arts Budget Restoration Builds Goodwill