Scott Rothschild

Scott Rothschild reports on the Statehouse and Kansas government.

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Kansas wind energy a force, report suggests
April 11, 2014
Kansas has nearly doubled its wind power generation over the past two years, according to a wind industry report released Thursday.
Kansas Legislature: What passed, what died, what remains
April 11, 2014
Meeting nearly round-the-clock last weekend, Kansas legislators ended the regular legislative session by passing with slim majorities a school finance bill in response to a court order, and a repeal of teacher tenure that has ignited a political firestorm.
Kansas school districts say new finance bill will widen disparities
April 8, 2014
The Legislature’s new school finance bill will continue to widen the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts, attorneys representing school districts that successfully sued the state said Monday.
Kansas bill limiting duration of conservation easements defeated in Senate
April 5, 2014
A bill that would have limited the duration of conservation easements, which have been used to preserve tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills and prevent encroachment on military bases, was defeated in the Senate on Friday.
Kansas House advances ‘clean’ schools bill as session winds down
April 4, 2014
Late Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $129 million school finance plan that authors of the bill said would require approximately $51 million in new funds, presumably from the state’s reserves.
Kansas Republicans continue to reject Medicaid expansion
April 2, 2014
Kansas continues to reject expansion of Medicaid.
Kansas economy lagging in several areas of growth
April 1, 2014
A report by Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors shows that Kansas is lagging the region and nation in numerous economic categories.
Kansas: Higher education funding questions persist
March 30, 2014
With much of the Legislature’s attention focused on a state Supreme Court order to equalize public school funding, movement on the higher education front, including Kansas University, has taken a backseat recently.
Kansas full-day kindergarten plan likely won’t advance, House speaker says
March 25, 2014
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, on Tuesday said Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten probably isn’t advancing during the current legislative session.
KU medical schools wins re-accreditation despite concerns
March 18, 2014
The Kansas University Medical School won re-accreditation despite concerns voiced by KU officials to legislators that lack of funding for a $75 million health education building could have jeopardized accreditation. Even so, the need for a new building remains a concern going forward, officials said.

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