February 14, 2016

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

Kansas cutbacks rattle state jobs programs

Gene Meyer KansasReporter TOPEKA, — As Kansans cope with a persistently higher than normal 6.6 percent unemployment rate, the state’s labor department said Tuesday it is abolishing two positions of people whose job it was to help the unemployed find work. However, the change shouldn’t hurt anyone’s job search, because the services those workers provided Continue Reading

U.S. offers Kansas small businesses a $13 million boost

Gene Meyer KansasReporter TOPEKA, — More than $13 million in federal seed money for small business loans is headed toward Kansas, state officials and the U.S. Treasury said Wednesday. The funds, which were awarded under state small business credit initiative created by the federal Small Business Jobs Act signed last September, are meant to be Continue Reading

Intermodal debate moves from Gardner to Statehouse

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The debate over BNSF’s logistics hub moved to Topeka this week as supporters and opponents of Senate bill 693 testified before the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday morning. As written, the bill would make the state a credit backer on loans for infrastructure improvements that Gardner city officials say are necessary Continue Reading