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A Kansas legislative committee is crafting a bill that would add $150 million a year in new spending for public schools in each of the next five years.
Kansas News Service Monday, April 3rd

Many educators say the proposed funding is far short of what will be considered adequate by the Kansas Supreme Court.    

Kansas lawmakers are moving ahead on a bill to allow lottery ticket vending machines.
Kansas News Service Monday, April 3rd

Supporters say up to $8 million additional dollars from the sale of lottery vending machine tickets would help support mental health services.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Sunday, April 2nd

There's been lobbying on both sides of the issue leading up to the likely vote.

Typical Kansas school bus; this one's from Valley Center. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Friday, March 31st

Despite working late into the night, a Kansas legislative committee didn't come up with a new school funding formula.  However, it appears that committee members are beginning to embrace a dollar amount: $750 million.  That money would be phased in over five years.

The Verruckt water slide in Kansas City. (Photo by Laura Spencer, KCUR)
Stephen Koranda Friday, March 31st

The move comes after the son of a state lawmaker died on the slide.

Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Kansas are mounting an intense lobbying campaign, hoping to gather enough votes to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto.
Kansas News Service Friday, March 31st

Supporters of or expanding Medicaid, known in Kansas as KanCare, delayed a vote to override the governor’s veto of an expansion bill Thursday night. The vote is now expected to occur sometime next week.  

Governor Sam Brownback vetoes the legislation. (Photo from Brownback's office)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 30th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed a Medicaid expansion bill that would have provided health insurance to approximately 180,000 low-income Kansans. The Legislature is expected to try and override the veto.

Kansas Statehouse
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 30th

Lawmakers say they're being pressured to sign off on a funding proposal that many think won't be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court. 

 A 10-year-old boy was killed last August on the Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 30th

A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that would require amusement ride owners to have them inspected annually by a professional engineer.

The Kansas Senate chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 29th

The spending plan is unbalanced, requiring a tax increase or scaling back spending.

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