The Legislature already is in overtime on its 90-day session and has yet to pass a balanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Spokeswoman Sara Belfry said the Republican governor’s office is working with several agencies to “determine the last possible date” the budget would need to be passed in order to avoid payroll disruptions.
Last week, Congress failed again to pass a comprehensive transportation spending bill. Meanwhile, state lawmakers aren’t picking up the slack. So it’s likely you’ll spend yet another summer travel season dodging cracks in the pavement and praying the bridge you pass over is safe.
In a visit to Kansas City, South Carolina congressman James Clyburn, the House Democrats’ No. 3 leader, said that the idea that the country is in a post-racial era is flat wrong. He said racial tensions are too ingrained in the American conscience.
Jim Nowogrocki of St. Louis-based Weiss Attorneys at Law will be paid $270 an hour for legal counsel and advice. The investigation comes amid fallout from the resignation of Republican House Speaker John Diehl after admitting he had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.
Kansas City wants more time to study phasing in a $15 minimum wage, yet it is rushing to finish work on a $150 million package of incentives for a new convention hotel downtown. It’s the common lament of the elected official: Let us decide, not you.
They’re working hard not to gloat. That slim but hardy band of Democrats in the Kansas Legislature insists it takes no pleasure in the ongoing trials of their Republican colleagues. The GOP faces the herculean challenge of balancing a budget more than $400 million out of whack. But if Democrats turned smug, could you blame them?
The interns from the University of Central Missouri — a man and a woman — worked in the office of Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat. LeVota released a statement saying he has never been told that there were any issues with his legislative interns.
Emails show that David Kensinger, who was once Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff and now earns a living as a lobbyist, continues to influence the Kansas chief executive’s schedule and decision-making.
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