February 11, 2016

Governor’s task force will examine school finance

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There’s a new task force in Kansas, and its goal is to get more funding into public school classrooms. Gov. Sam Brownback announced the formation of his School Efficiency Task Force last week. More than half of the state’s budget is used to fund public schools, and a  state statute, KS 72-64c01 Continue Reading

Commissioner calls on governor to address DMV registration ‘fiasco’

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen, 2nd District, wants Gov. Sam Brownback to take ownership of the state’s failed motor vehicle computer registration upgrade. Allen said during the commission’s July 5 meeting that Johnson County deserves better service for the amount of sales tax revenue it generates for the state. “I am extremely Continue Reading

Kansas milk, beef supply safe

A confirmed case of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow should not be a cause for alarm in Kansas, according to Gov. Sam Brownback. He joined the Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman in asking Kansans to continue buying beef and dairy products. “Consumers should remain confident that beef and milk in Kansas is Continue Reading

KanCare activists rally for developmentally disabled

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Between 40 and 50 Johnson County developmental disability advocates  will rally in Topeka April 25. They hoped to garner support for a budget provision that would carve the developmentally disabled from Gov. Sam Brownback’s executive reorganization of Medicaid. Brownback, who issued the order to reorganize on April 12, said it is a Continue Reading

Brownback’s first term unremarkable so far

Martin Hawver Guest columnist We’ll know in the next three weeks whether Gov. Sam Brownback has  driven the state along his Roadmap for Kansas, or whether he’s going to have to pull over to ask directions. The first real all-his legislative session—last year, he was to some degree just using up the last of the Continue Reading

Officials assess tornado damage

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh assess tornado damage in Wichita on April 16. The National Weather Service estimates the tornado that hit Wichita on April 14 was an EF-3 with maximum wind speeds of 165 miles per hour. Submitted photo Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Emergency and state officials on Monday toured Continue Reading

Brownback has beef with pink slime naysayers

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback may have a beef with signs in a 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 to Continue Reading

School funding proposals to be discussed at meeting

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It’s way too early to tell how Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to rework the state’s school funding formula will change local school revenues. “I understand they’re trying to simplify the system, and that’s fine and understandable,” said Eric Hansen, director of business for the Gardner Edgerton School District. “I don’t think there’s Continue Reading