Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas lawmakers are allowing a 93% pay raise for themselves to take effect next year

Feb. 08, 2024 12:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is set to nearly double state legislators' pay at the start of next year, making their compensation better than it is for their counterparts in a majority of states, including more populous ones like Georgia and Texas. The increase is nearly $28,000 a...

As long school funding lawsuit ends in Kansas, some fear lawmakers will backslide on education goals

Feb. 07, 2024 16:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court has closed out a nearly 13-year-old lawsuit that repeatedly forced the Republican-controlled Legislature to boost funding for public schools, and Democrats predicted Wednesday that GOP colleagues soon would be trying to backslide on lawmakers' promises. ...

Kansas lawmakers want a report on last year's police raid of a newspaper

Jan. 24, 2024 13:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of Kansas lawmakers launched an effort Tuesday to direct the state's attorney general to release information from an investigation into a police raid last year on a weekly newspaper, but it wasn't clear that their measure would get a hearing in the Republican-controlled...

GOP lawmakers approve a 'flat' income tax for Kansas, but a governor's veto looms

Jan. 18, 2024 16:35 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas on Thursday passed a broad package of tax cuts promoted as widespread relief that the Democratic governor is likely to veto because she says it favors the wealthy and threatens the state’s budget in the future. The opposing...

Top official says Kansas courts need at least $2.6 million to recover from cyberattack

Jan. 16, 2024 19:33 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas court system needs at least $2.6 million in additional funds to recover from an October cyberattack that prevented the electronic filing of documents and blocked online access to records for weeks, the state's top judicial official told legislators Tuesday. ...

In a landslide, Kansas picks a new license plate. It recalls sunsets and features the Capitol dome

Dec. 18, 2023 20:11 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The next standard Kansas license plate will have bands of light gold and blue that recall a prairie sunset and an image of the Statehouse dome following an online vote, Gov. Laura Kelly’s office announced Monday. It was the landslide favorite among five...