Welfare, other reform bills survive key deadline in Mississippi Legislature
Welfare, other reform bills survive key deadline in Mississippi Legislature
Steve Wilson | March 23, 2016|   16
A welfare reform bill, a civil asset forfeiture bill and others survived another deadline in the Mississippi Legislature as the session winds down.
Abengoa contagion spreads to U.S. biofuel plants, causing layoffs and shutdowns
Abengoa contagion spreads to U.S. biofuel plants, causing layoffs and shutdowns
Rob Nikolewski | December 07, 2015|   121
Teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, renewable energy giant Abengoa has thrown the biofuels industry in the U.S. for a loop.
Kansas pension audit finds system of abuse and fraud
Kansas pension audit finds system of abuse and fraud
Nicholas C. Fondacaro | September 09, 2015|   49
An audit of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System found cases of double dipping - collecting benefits while having an alternative income.
Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds
Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds
Rob Nikolewski | September 02, 2015|   757
Renewable energy company Abengoa, headquartered in Spain, is fighting for its financial life. The company and its subsidiaries have received nearly $3 billion from the U.S government.
Kansas e-cig tax could e-vape-orate the industry
Kansas e-cig tax could e-vape-orate the industry
Grayson Quay | June 16, 2015|   198
The excise tax on electronic cigarettes included in the new Kansas budget could harm a burgeoning industry and negatively impact public health.
Spotlight shines on Kansas and Maine in ‘State of the States’ report
Spotlight shines on Kansas and Maine in ‘State of the States’ report
PG Veer | June 15, 2015|   68
Kansas and Maine stand out in an annual report analyzing governors' State of the State addresses and their fiscal records.
Republican lawmaker in tears as Kansas passes tax hike
Republican lawmaker in tears as Kansas passes tax hike
Grayson Quay | June 12, 2015|   91
Despite economic gains, Kansas lawmakers were forced to raise taxes after Gov. Sam Brownback's tax cuts left the state with a $400 million budget deficit.
Proposed tax increases in Kansas could prove costly
Proposed tax increases in Kansas could prove costly
Erik Telford | June 04, 2015|   0
By Erik Telford | Watchdog Opinion With a $411 million budget gap looming on July 1st, Kansas politicians have been trying to figure out how to tax their way out of the problem. Governor Sam Brownback originally proposed a dramatic increase of the state’s tax rate on alcohol and cigarettes—so-called “sin goods”— but now, more than [...]
Kansas lawmaker accuses governor of risking lives for Uber
Kansas lawmaker accuses governor of risking lives for Uber
Josh Peterson | April 21, 2015|   0
A leading Kansas state lawmaker accused Gov. Sam Brownback of endangering Kansans after a bill aimed at upping insurance requirements and mandating criminal background checks for ride-sharing drivers failed to gain Brownback’s signature on Monday.
Uber’s Kansas battle gets personal
Uber’s Kansas battle gets personal
Josh Peterson | April 20, 2015|   0
Uber’s threat to leave Kansas over a bill sitting on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk is also a personal fight for one of the company’s city managers.