Sam Brownback http://hppr.org en 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 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 Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-voters-say-no-water-conservation-program <p></p><p>Water rights holders in Western Kansas counties recently rejected a plan to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.&nbsp; Groundwater Management District No. 1 board members asked its voting membership to approve a measure to that would cut irrigation use by 20 percent reported <a href="http://www.kansasagland.com/news/stateagnews/groundwater-conservation-effort-in-western-kan-is-voted-down/article_b7f47e26-e190-5ce1-b5ed-3e4e9eabcf46.html">Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33607 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program 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 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 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 Brownback observes Brown v. Board of Education anniversary http://hppr.org/post/brownback-observes-brown-v-board-education-anniversary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">60</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering an end to segregation in public schools.&nbsp; Governor Sam Brownback remembered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling by speaking at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka yesterday reported </span><a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/statehouse-news/8637-topeka-event-marks-brown-v-board-ruling" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas Public Radio</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 17 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 31930 at http://hppr.org Brownback observes Brown v. Board of Education anniversary Brownback says no to conservation of lesser prairie chicken http://hppr.org/post/brownback-says-no-conservation-lesser-prairie-chicken <p></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill this week that tells the U.S. government it has no authority to regulate prairie chickens within the state of Kansas.&nbsp; The bill also threatens lawsuits against federal conservation efforts in an escalating dispute over reversing the population decline of the lesser prairie chicken according to a recent <a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2014-05-10/brownback-signs-bill-keep-us-government-conservation-lesser-prairie-chicken">article from the Topeka Capital-Journal</a>.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 31764 at http://hppr.org Brownback says no to conservation of lesser prairie chicken KanCare costs contractors millions http://hppr.org/post/kancare-costs-contractors-millions <p></p><p>The three main KanCare contractors all lost money in their first year of managing health care for 380,000 Kansas Medicaid enrollees according to a <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/apr/28/kancare-companies-lost-money-first-year/">recent article from the Kansas Health Institute</a>.</p><p></p><p>The trio received cash infusions from their parent companies allowing them to meet their obligations and stay solvent.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 31155 at http://hppr.org KanCare costs contractors millions Kansas: Brownback signs school finance bill with controversial add-ons http://hppr.org/post/kansas-brownback-signs-school-finance-bill-controversial-add-ons <p></p><p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed the school finance bill this week; complete with controversial add-ons <a href="http://m.cjonline.com/news/2014-04-21/brownback-signs-school-finance-bill-add-ons">reported the Topeka Capital-Journal</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30835 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Brownback signs school finance bill with controversial add-ons Brownback signs Kansas Supreme Court changes into law http://hppr.org/post/brownback-signs-kansas-supreme-court-changes-law <p></p><p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed 19 bills into law.&nbsp; Topping the list was and a bill stripping the Kansas Supreme Court of its appointment power as well as changing the system’s management according to a <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/apr/18/gov-brownback-signs-19-bills-law/">recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.</a></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 30776 at http://hppr.org Brownback signs Kansas Supreme Court changes into law Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened http://hppr.org/post/kansas-joins-oklahoma-s-lawsuit-over-federal-listing-lesser-prairie-chicken-threatened <p></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced that Kansas is joining a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species according to a <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/28/3373285/kansas-will-join-lawsuit-over.html">recent article in the Wichita Eagle.</a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29835 at http://hppr.org Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget restores Fort Hays State University funding http://hppr.org/post/gov-brownback-s-proposed-budget-restores-fort-hays-state-university-funding <p></p><p>Last year the Kansas Legislature took money from universities, but Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget restores the ‘salary cap’ reductions that cost Fort Hays State University $276,176 according to a <a href="http://www.hayspost.com/2014/01/31/proposal-would-add-1m-to-fhsu-budget-help-create-new-program/">press release from FHSU University Relations.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 27574 at http://hppr.org Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget restores Fort Hays State University funding Kansas Chief Justice Responds to Criticism and Funding in State of the Judiciary Address http://hppr.org/post/kansas-chief-justice-responds-criticism-and-funding-state-judiciary-address <p></p><p>Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss seemed to respond to Gov. Sam Brownback’s remarks pointed at the Supreme Court in his State of the Judiciary address <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/01/22/3243053/kansas-chief-justice-nuss-lauds.html">reported Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle</a>.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 27086 at http://hppr.org Kansas Chief Justice Responds to Criticism and Funding in State of the Judiciary Address Brownback Tries to Back Off Supreme Court Justices in State of the State Speech http://hppr.org/post/brownback-tries-back-supreme-court-justices-state-state-speech <p></p><p>Governor Sam Brownback said the number one item in the state budget is education in his recent State of the State speech according to <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/jan/15/governor-takes-swipe-courts-state-state-speech/">a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26852 at http://hppr.org Brownback Tries to Back Off Supreme Court Justices in State of the State Speech Kansas Economic Conference: Brownback's State Income Tax Cuts Put Pressure on Local Communities http://hppr.org/post/kansas-economic-conference-brownbacks-state-income-tax-cuts-put-pressure-local-communities <p></p><p>The Kansas Economic Policy Conference was recently held in Lawrence. &nbsp;Conference officials said they had record turnout with about 140 people, including about a dozen legislators, attending in Lawrence and 15 participating from Ulysses via a live video feed reported <strong><a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/oct/24/kansas-economic-policy-conference/">the Kansas Health Institute</a></strong>.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24383 at http://hppr.org Kansas Economic Conference: Brownback's State Income Tax Cuts Put Pressure on Local Communities Kansas Legislature: Special Session Finished in Two Days http://hppr.org/post/kansas-legislature-special-session-finished-two-days <p></p><p>Kansas legislators wrapped up the special session in two days.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here are the highlights:</span></p><ul><li>Approval of a bill repairing a law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.</li><li>Approval of multiple appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback, including the appointment of chief counsel Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.</li></ul><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 21263 at http://hppr.org Kansas Legislature: Special Session Finished in Two Days