By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — In a long-awaited decision, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that state lawmakers created “unconstitutional” and “unreasonable wealth-based disparities” by withholding certain state aid payments to public schools. While the legal battle leading up to the decision has been a four-year slog since the lawsuit’s initial filing [...]
An in-depth examination of districtwide spending at one rural Kansas school has revealed more than $200,000 in potential annual savings.
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Legislation that would have enacted actual punishments for drugged-up state lawmakers is officially dead. For the moment, elected officials in the Kansas Legislature can test positive for an illegal substance without fear of repercussion or public exposure. SB 391, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, would have [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog TOPEKA, Kan. — Earlier this month, Shawnee Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook introduced new legislation in response to an Obamacare navigator who last year was discovered to have had a warrant out for her arrest. But officials at the Heartland Community Health Center in Lawrence say Pilcher-Cook’s bill wouldn’t actually prevent Rosilyn Wells [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The clock is ticking, and unless the Kansas Legislature acts fast, doped-up lawmakers could fail a drug test and get off scot-free. Legislation in the form of SB 149, signed into law last year, created measures by which Kansas welfare recipients could be required to submit to a [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Good news, Kansans! Because of legislative changes passed last year, the state Department of Labor says it has managed to reclaim $17.1 million in unemployment insurance funds that were mistakenly paid out during fiscal year 2013. While that figure marks an 18 percent increase compared to the previous [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog TOPEKA, Kan. — After seeing medical marijuana legislation hit a brick wall in both chambers of the Kansas Legislature, Democratic Sen. David Haley decided to take matters into his own hands and force the debate that other lawmakers weren’t willing to have. Too bad the other side didn’t bother to show [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — If you’ve ever driven through the Kansas community of Hutchinson in recent years, chances are your whereabouts were logged and locked inside a law enforcement database.
Part 14 of 14 in the series Welfare Abuse By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — After a Kansas Watchdog investigation last year uncovered public welfare dollars ending up at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores, the Sunflower State has finally put some bite into its once-weak welfare restrictions. During the course of three months during [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — A new report analyzing state government transparency surrounding economic development reveals that when it comes to subsidizing jobs, the Sunflower State has shoved its data where the sun doesn’t shine — so to speak.
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