February 10, 2016

Mediation fails in school funding lawsuit

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Attempts to resolve a school funding lawsuit against the state of Kansas fell short last week. According to a mediation status report filed by the parties May 1, mediation “was unsuccessful.” Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt appealed the lawsuit and requested mediation after a three-judge panel found that recent Continue Reading

House passes tax plan using rare parliamentary procedure

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback said he will sign a tax-cutting budget he says will add jobs, but opponents warn it will result in a $270 million deficit by 2014. “It will create tens of thousands of new jobs, and combined with spending restraint, will help to reverse a decade of declining employment,” Brownback Continue Reading

Officials to tour storm-damaged areas

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Emergency and state officials are touring sites hit by 97 tornadoes that swept through Kansas this weekend. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is reporting there were no deaths resulting from the storm, but Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a disaster emergency in 39 Kansas counties in order to activate response and Continue Reading

Brownback urges stores to continue selling beef that contains ‘pink slime’

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback may have a beef with signs posted in the local grocery store. The signs alert customers that the store’s beef does not contain an additive called “pink slime,” also known as Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB). Brownback, in a statement with governors of three other states, is urging retailers Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas politicians advocate for the ways of Washington

The tired politics of yesterday are, unfortunately, alive and well in Kansas. Despite a political climate against government picking the winners and losers through the tax code, and despite political tailwinds for fairer taxation, two Kansas giants are advocating that Congress extend a frivolous tax credit for wind energy. In a guest editorial sent to Continue Reading

Brownback wants toll road to help pay for intermodal infrastructure

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback wants a toll road to help pay for infrastructure development in the intermodal area. Brownback, keynote speaker at the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation’s quarterly membership luncheon, said he would like to eventually see a toll way extend from Interstate 70 through southern Johnson County and into northern Continue Reading

Brownback selects Colyer for running mate in governor’s bid

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Sen. Sam Brownback, candidate for Kansas Governor, made a whirlwind tour through eight cities in Kansas on June 1 and June 2 introducing his Lt. Gov.-running mate, Dr. Jeff Colyer to voters. Overland Park was the closest the pair came to Gardner. There, Brownback told supporters at Johnson County Republican Party Headquarters Continue Reading