HPPR Government and Politics http://hppr.org en 60,000 Kansans to Receive Insurance Refunds http://hppr.org/post/60000-kansans-receive-insurance-refunds <p></p><p>One of the lesser-known parts of the Affordable Care Act is about to put some money back into the pockets of nearly 60,000 Kansas families.&nbsp; The refunds will total $3.6 million reported <a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/health-news/9040-60000-kansans-to-receive-insurance-refunds">Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.</a></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 35023 at http://hppr.org 60,000 Kansans to Receive Insurance Refunds Women rally across the state to take Kansas back http://hppr.org/post/women-rally-across-state-take-kansas-back <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two ladies, one light, one dark, are traveling across Kansas this week talking about a grassroots movement called, “Women for Kansas.”&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34967 at http://hppr.org Women rally across the state to take Kansas back WT grads have significantly less student debt http://hppr.org/post/wt-grads-have-significantly-less-student-debt <p></p><p>The WT graduating class of 2012 entered the job market with better prospects and significantly less student loan debt.&nbsp; <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-07-15/wt-student-debt-level-10k-less-national-average">The Amarillo Globe-News</a> reported the average WT grad had student loan debt of $19,774 compared to the national average of $29,400.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34695 at http://hppr.org WT grads have significantly less student debt Kansas Governor Race: Morris backs Davis http://hppr.org/post/kansas-governor-race-morris-backs-davis <p></p><p>Former Senate President Steve Morris is one of 104 Kansas Republicans backing Paul Davis in his bid to be governor according to a recent article in the <a href="http://www.gctelegram.com/news/morris-talks-about-104-repub-event">Garden City Telegram</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34696 at http://hppr.org Kansas Governor Race: Morris backs Davis Out of public eye, a bitter Farm Bill fight http://hppr.org/post/out-public-eye-bitter-farm-bill-fight <p></p><p>The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.</p><p>With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 34633 at http://hppr.org Out of public eye, a bitter Farm Bill fight Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill http://hppr.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p>When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/years-making-new-farm-bill-becomes-law">announced passage of the Farm Bill</a> in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.</p><p>“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.</p><p>While Stabenow, the Michigan Democrat who leads the Senate Agriculture Committee, was referring to what proponents heralded as “reform” of some programs, her remarks were accurate on another score. The massive <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45049">Farm Bill, which will spend $956 billion</a> and set U.S. food policy for the next decade, is no longer the purview solely of agricultural interests. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe 34518 at http://hppr.org Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill Hotter temps don't figure into the Texas water plan http://hppr.org/post/hotter-temps-dont-figure-texas-water-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texans voted overwhelmingly to fund new water infrastructure projects last November.&nbsp; State water planners are preparing for a more populous Texas, but not a hotter one </span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/14/state-only-planning-bigger-texas-not-hotter-one/?utm_source=texastribune.org&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Main%20Feed" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34528 at http://hppr.org Hotter temps don't figure into the Texas water plan Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays http://hppr.org/post/kansas-water-plan-team-gets-earful-hays <p></p><p>The water plan for the state of Kansas was recently unveiled.&nbsp; The goal is to ensure a reliable water supply for the future according to a <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/1/kansas-to-release-first-draft-of-water-vision-plan/?page=all">recent article from the Washington Times</a>.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34358 at http://hppr.org Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays Texas: Both sides claim greenhouse ruling a victory http://hppr.org/post/texas-both-sides-claim-greenhouse-ruling-victory <p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on how much latitude the federal government has to regulate facilities that emit greenhouse gases.&nbsp; Texas environmentalists who want more regulation and Texas state official who want less both say the ruling was a victory reported <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/07/03/winners-and-losers-in-texas-from-greenhouse-gas-ruling/">Dave Fehling for StateImpact Texas</a>.</p><p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34104 at http://hppr.org Texas: Both sides claim greenhouse ruling a victory New federal agreement could devastate rural firefighting in OK http://hppr.org/post/new-federal-agreement-could-devastate-rural-firefighting-ok <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer provide no-cost surplus military vehicles and equipment to fire departments across the country reported StateImpact Oklahoma.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34061 at http://hppr.org New federal agreement could devastate rural firefighting in OK Kansas: Incumbent U.S. Senator Roberts signs Obamacare repeal http://hppr.org/post/kansas-incumbent-us-senator-roberts-signs-obamacare-repeal <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts recently signed a pledge sponsored by the conservative women’s organization, Independent Women’s Voice.&nbsp; The pledge is to repeal, defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/elections2014/2014/jul/2/roberts-signs-obamacare-repeal-pledge/">blogged Peter Hancock for the Lawrence Journal-World</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34001 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Incumbent U.S. Senator Roberts signs Obamacare repeal Kansas tax cut creates problems http://hppr.org/post/kansas-tax-cut-creates-problems <p></p><p>Kansas has a budget problem.&nbsp; It’s collecting less tax money than it planned.&nbsp; This spring, the state intended to take in $651 million from personal income tax, but only received $369 million. The decrease was due to a large and rather unusual income tax cut passed by lawmakers in 2012 according to <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/upshot/kansas-tax-cut-leaves-brownback-with-less-money.html?rref=upshot&amp;_r=0">The New York Times</a>.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33963 at http://hppr.org Kansas tax cut creates problems Kansas law professor says Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about constitutionality http://hppr.org/post/kansas-law-professor-says-hobby-lobby-ruling-isn-t-about-constitutionality <p></p><p>Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle over opting out of the inclusion of contraceptives in their insurance coverage.&nbsp; The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby saying certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance because of religious beliefs.&nbsp; The reaction in Kansas followed predictable ideological lines reported Bryan Thompson for <a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/health-news/8903-ku-law-professor-hobby-lobby-impact-limited">Kansas Public Radio</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33962 at http://hppr.org Kansas law professor says Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about constitutionality Schodorf reveals proposed voting changes http://hppr.org/post/schodorf-reveals-proposed-voting-changes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jean Schodorf says Kansans with voter registrations that are on hold should be allowed to cast ballots until there’s actual suspicion of voter fraud according to a story from </span><a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/statehouse-news/8864-schodorf-unveils-proposed-voting-changes-in-ks" style="line-height: 1.5;">KPR.</a></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:05:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33781 at http://hppr.org Schodorf reveals proposed voting changes Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again http://hppr.org/post/kansas-borrows-millions-pay-bills-again <p></p><p>The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to be able to pay its bills.&nbsp; That’s nothing new.&nbsp; That’s how it’s been done for the last 16 years according to the <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/jun/19/cash-flow-loan-triggers-debate-about-brownbacks-ec/">Kansas Health Institute</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33606 at http://hppr.org Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again Fort Hays State University: Best buy in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/fort-hays-state-university-best-buy-kansas <p></p><p>The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval of in-state rates for all six universities.&nbsp; Fort Hays State University has the lowest increase, both in terms of percentages and in dollars according to a recent press release.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33487 at http://hppr.org Fort Hays State University: Best buy in Kansas Texas Railroad Commission media policy raises concerns http://hppr.org/post/texas-railroad-commission-media-policy-raises-concerns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent story on the Railroad Commission of Texas’ practice of not allowing staff to talk to the media has raised some questions according to a recent article from the </span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/19/railroad-commissions-media-policy-draws-scrutiny/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Tribune</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33433 at http://hppr.org Texas Railroad Commission media policy raises concerns USDA down payment program helps beginning farmers http://hppr.org/post/usda-down-payment-program-helps-beginning-farmers <p></p><p>Two of the biggest barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital reported the <a href="http://www.cfra.org/news/140613/down-payment-loans-help-beginning-farmers-buy-farmland">Center for Rural Affairs</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33327 at http://hppr.org USDA down payment program helps beginning farmers Texas foster care alumni not using higher ed benefit http://hppr.org/post/texas-foster-care-alumni-not-using-higher-ed-benefit <p></p><p>The Lone Star State offers high education tuition waivers for students who were in the foster care system.&nbsp; But, it’s rare students take advantage of this opportunity according to a recent article from the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/13/lack-foster-care-alumni-higher-ed-be-examined/">Texas Tribune</a>.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33326 at http://hppr.org Texas foster care alumni not using higher ed benefit Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-and-texas-have-opposite-responses-epa-rules <p></p><p>There are completely different responses to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to combat climate change in Oklahoma and Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33122 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules Kansas has more children in foster care than ever http://hppr.org/post/kansas-has-more-children-foster-care-ever <p></p><p>Kansas has the more kids in foster care than ever reported <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/jun/09/number-children-foster-care-climbs/">the Kansas Health Institute</a>.&nbsp; In April, there were 6,156 children in the system.&nbsp; That’s an increase of 356 over April of 2013, and 872 more than April of 2012.&nbsp; The reasons for the all-time high vary.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33069 at http://hppr.org Kansas has more children in foster care than ever High Plains Vets face long wait for mental health care http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-vets-face-long-wait-mental-health-care <p></p><p>The Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System ranks third in the nation for the longest average wait times for new mental health appointments according to a recent article from the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-06-10/wait-time-report-raises-questions-local-va">Amarillo Globe-News</a>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33059 at http://hppr.org High Plains Vets face long wait for mental health care Former budget director predicts Kansas will soon be in the red http://hppr.org/post/former-budget-director-predicts-kansas-will-soon-be-red <p></p><p>Duane Goossen is a former state budget director, and he says the state won’t have enough revenue to implement the budget legislators recently passed according to a recent article from <a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2014-06-03/expert-forecast-kansas-will-be-red-within-year-without-changes">the Topeka Capital-Journal</a>.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32771 at http://hppr.org Former budget director predicts Kansas will soon be in the red Publication labels western KS incumbent Republicans liberal http://hppr.org/post/publication-labels-western-ks-incumbent-republicans-liberal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A single newsprint sheet was distributed in Hutchinson-area neighborhoods calling western Kansas House Republicans “liberal.”&nbsp; &nbsp;Western Representatives Steven Becker, </span>R-Buhler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, John Doll, R-Garden City, and Don </span>Hineman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>R-Dighton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are the focus of the comments. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32661 at http://hppr.org Publication labels western KS incumbent Republicans liberal Texas Runoff results could impact the Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/texas-runoff-results-could-impact-panhandle <p>Unless there’s a Democratic upset Nov. 4, the Texas state government will probably be far more conservative, and committee appointments could impact the Panhandle’s clout, reported the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-05-28/state-runoff-results-could-yield-washington-style-gridlock">Amarillo Globe News</a>.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32556 at http://hppr.org Texas Runoff results could impact the Panhandle Runoff maps reveal low Texas voter turnout http://hppr.org/post/runoff-maps-reveal-low-texas-voter-turnout <p>The primary runoffs are history in the Lone Star State, and maps from the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/29/runoff-draws-lower-turnout-march-primary/?utm_source=texastribune.org&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Main%20Feed">Texas Tribune</a> reveal voter turnout was pretty low.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>For example, in the race for lieutenant governor only 3.5 percent of registered Texas voters earned State Sen. Dan Patrick the Republican nomination.</p><p></p><p>David Alameel won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate with 1 percent of voters.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32519 at http://hppr.org Runoff maps reveal low Texas voter turnout Oklahoma oil and gas production tax cut passes legislature http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-oil-and-gas-production-tax-cut-passes-legislature <p>The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill making tax incentives for oil and gas production permanent.</p><p>Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign the controversial legislation, despite threats of a constitutional challenge posed by an Oklahoma City attorney. Wed, 28 May 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Adam Vos 32408 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma oil and gas production tax cut passes legislature Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration http://hppr.org/post/over-half-kansas-counties-placed-drought-declaration <p></p><p>More than half of Kansas counties were placed on the updated Drought Declaration by Gov. Sam Brownback this week.&nbsp; 105 counties are either in an emergency, warning or watch status according to the <a href="http://www.hdnews.net/news/droughtweb052114">Hays Daily News</a>.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32191 at http://hppr.org Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer http://hppr.org/post/sw-kansas-lawmaker-says-voting-repeal-green-energy-no-brainer <p></p><p>A southwest Kansas lawmaker says there is no debate about renewable energy standards according to a recent article from <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/17/5030728/green-energy-has-been-a-political.html">the Kansas City Star</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32165 at http://hppr.org SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer Texas law failed to provide nurse practitioner independence http://hppr.org/post/texas-law-failed-provide-nurse-practitioner-independence <p></p><p>Texas lawmakers loosened supervision requirements for nurse practitioners last session in theory, but not in practice according to a <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/18/nurse-practitioners-struggle-integrate-medicaid/">recent article from the Texas Tribune</a>.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:57:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32086 at http://hppr.org Texas law failed to provide nurse practitioner independence