Kansas lawmakers bend to court’s will on education funding
Amelia Hamilton | June 30, 2016|   0
Kansas has passed school funding legislation mandated by the state Supreme Court, which had issued a deadline for the state to equalize funding between school districts by the end of the month. The education plan will shift $38 million to poorer districts. Read more here.    
Kansas legislature working to avoid school shutdown
Amelia Hamilton | June 24, 2016|   0
A funding plan has been introduced in Kansas that would allow the state to avoid a shutdown of public schools. Committees in both the House and Senate have approved identical bills that would provide $38 million in aid to poor school districts in 2016-17, redistributing money from wealthier districts to poorer ones. Read more here.  
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 [...]