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The Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka.

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Legislative actions, inactions cause concern in Baldwin City

Both the actions and inactions of a Kansas Legislature trying to find a solution to the state’s $400 million budget hole for fiscal year 2016 that can gain support of both the Senate and House have raised concerns in recent days from local government officials.

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Baldwin's Dorathy, Lawrence superintendent worry about more cuts as Legislature looks for way out of red ink

Topeka — Superintendents in the Lawrence and Baldwin City school districts say they have already made adjustments in their budgets to account for cuts in their operating funds that resulted from the new block grant funding formula that went into effect earlier this year. But now, they're bracing for the possibility of more cuts.

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Legislative update

Three weeks into the legislative session, and very little (so far) has been done to address the over $757 million in projected budgetary deficits affecting both the current fiscal year 2015 and next year’s FY 2016 budgets. The deficits are there because of one reason – Gov. Sam Brownback’s uber-business friendly tax policies.

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Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional

The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.

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Kansas: Bill would put Legislature a mouse click away

If there is one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it's that the public is skeptical of what their elected officials are doing.

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Kansas: Legislature, not courts, should decide school funding, Brownback says

Starting a new legislative session during an election year and with a state Supreme Court ruling on school finance expected any day, Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said his conservative Republican policies have helped lift Kansas from the Great Recession.

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Court ruling to dictate Kansas school funding debate in 2014

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in October, and its decision is expected around the same time the legislative session begins on Jan. 13.

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Affordable Care Act nears major milestone; Brownback still opposed

In October, people without health insurance can enroll in the new health care marketplace at the website for coverage that beings Jan. 1.

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Groups urge Legislature to change proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration

Opponents say law was an “intentional effort” to make it more difficult for him to vote.

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Kansas: Panel to review 'Hard 50' plan ahead of special session

A special legislative committee formed in Kansas to consider proposals for fixing the state’s “Hard 50” criminal sentencing law will meet the week before lawmakers convene a special session to draft its recommendations, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.

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Kansas: KU Med students get $17.75 million in FICA refunds

About 1,140 former Kansas University Medical Center students received $17.75 million in FICA refunds last week, state officials reported today.


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