February 13, 2016

Our View: Lawmakers return to Topeka next week for wrap-up

The Kansas Legislature returns to Topeka next week to wrap-up the 2013 legislative session. Hold on to your pocketbooks: it’s going to be a bumpy, and possibly price-y ride. Legislators have yet to pass a budget for 2014, and there’s still much debate about how to handle an anticipated deficit. Both the Kansas House and 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

Precinct members select Olson to replace Brownlee

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill will have new representation in Topeka once the 2011 Legislature starts in January. Precinct committee men and women selected Rep. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, to replace Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, on Monday night. “I’m going to fight for you guys in Topeka,” Olson said, taking the podium after Continue Reading

Two seek to replace Brownlee in state Senate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com At least two Olathe politicians are campaigning to replace Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, in the Kansas Senate come January. There may be more candidates when Republican precinct committeemen and women meet on Dec. 20 to elect her replacement. During the Dec. 20 replacement convention, nominations will be taken from the floor, and Continue Reading

Guest Column: 1 cent sales tax right decision for state

By spreading the burden across nearly everyone, we reduced the amount any one individual pays into the system, and we protected the poorest Kansans from the brunt of this increase by including food tax rebates and income tax credits.