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Brownback’s tax cuts
The Kansas Legislature voted after midnight Tuesday to roll back Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature tax cuts, Hunter Woodall reports. Brownback immediately responded by saying he would veto. “Senate Bill 30 is a $1.2 billion tax hike, making it the largest in state history,” Brownback said in a statement. “This is bad for Kansas.”
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Cerner gets big contract
Cerner has been awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs contract for the VA’s next-generation electronic health records system, Diane Stafford and Lindsay Wise report. Industry observers suggested it will be worth hundreds of million of dollars.
Royals’ silver lining
Sam Mellinger writes that, for the Royals, there is value in losing. More losses mean high draft picks and building a successful franchise. “This is the most efficient way to build a winning organization in modern baseball,” Mellinger writes.
Road rage killing
Neighbors of John C. Young, charged with second-degree murder in a road rage killing last month, described the man as a sober family man who helped set up July Fourth fireworks. But one friend, Harvey Green, questioned why he fled the scene after the shooting, Ian Cummings reports. And Green said Young had been facing health and financial issues recently.
KCI bid timeline
The Star’s editorial board writes that the KC City Council should insist on extending its deadline for submitting proposals for a new airport terminal. “The city need not be bound by that arbitrary deadline. If there is evidence potential bidders need additional time to submit quality proposals, council members should seek an extension,” the board writes.