Category Archives: Kansas

Governor’s Appointments for Confirmation Oversight Committee



Governor Laura Kelly’s appointments were submitted today to the Senate Majority Leader’s office in advance of the November 5, 2019, Confirmation Oversight Committee meeting.


The following appointees submitted:


    1. David Herndon (R), Shawnee, Kansas Bank Commissioner
    2. Brad Stratton (U), Overland Park, KPERS Board of Trustees
    3. Kala Spigarelli (D), Pittsburg, Kansas Lottery Commission
    4. Ruth Stevenson (R), Olathe, Banking Board
    5. Rick Wiley (R), Westphalia, Public Employee Relations Board
    6. Dr. Michael Birzer (U), Wichita, State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services
    7. Patricia Hudgins (D), Manhattan, State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services
    8. Erica Andrade (D), Kansas City, State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services
    9. Laurel Michel (R), Salina, State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services


In addition, paperwork was submitted on July 10 for:


    1. Jeff Zmuda – Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections


After the November 5, 2019, Confirmation Oversight Committee meeting, the Governor’s appointments will be voted on by the full Senate in the 2020 Legislative Session.

2019 Ballot Question: Eliminate Census Count Adjustment?

Vote Here sign at the Bourbon County Courthouse.

In three weeks voters will be electing government representation.

In addition, there will be a question to consider on the ballot.

In the November 5, 2019, General Election you will be asked to approve removing a census count adjustment.

“The amendment question seeks to do away with a census count specifically for college students and military personnel to be counted where they come from and not where they are at the time of their vote,” according to a report on KSN TV, Wichita, Oct. 14, 2019. For the whole report click below:

Following is how the amendment will appear on the ballot, followed by the Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab’s explanation of the question.

This is how it will read:

Constitutional Amendment

Vote Yes or No

Explanatory statement. The

purpose of this amendment is to

eliminate the adjustment of

the census taken by the United

States census bureau regarding

nonresident military personnel

and nonresident students when

reapportioning the Kansas senate

and house of representatives.

A vote for this proposition would

eliminate the adjustment of

the census taken by the United

States census bureau regarding

nonresident military personnel

and nonresident students when

reapportioning the Kansas senate

and house of representatives.



A vote against this proposition

would continue in effect the

requirement for the adjustment of

the census taken by the United

States census bureau regarding

nonresident military personnel

and nonresident students when

reapportioning the Kansas senate

and house of representatives.



Shall the following be adopted?

  • 1. Reapportionment of

senatorial and representative

districts. (a) At its regular session

in 1989, the legislature shall by

law reapportion the state

representative districts, the state

senatorial districts or both the

state representative and

senatorial districts upon the basis

of the latest census of the

inhabitants of the state taken by

the authority of chapter 61 of the

1987 Session Laws of Kansas. At

its regular session in 1992, and at

its regular session every tenth

year thereafter, the legislature

shall by law reapportion the state

senatorial districts and

representative districts on the

basis of the population of the

state as established by the most

recent census of population taken

and published by the United

States census bureau of the

census. Senatorial and

representative districts shall be

reapportioned upon the basis of

the population of the state

adjusted: (1) To exclude

nonresident military personnel

stationed within the state and

nonresident students attending

colleges and universities within

the state; and (2) to include

military personnel stationed within

the state who are residents of the

state and students attending

colleges and universities within

the state who are residents of the

state in the district of their

permanent residence. Bills

reapportioning legislative districts

shall be published in the Kansas

register immediately upon final

passage and shall be effective for

the next following election of

legislators and thereafter until

again reapportioned.

(b) Within 15 days after the

publication of an act

reapportioning the legislative

districts within the time specified

in (a), the attorney general shall

petition the supreme court of the

state to determine the validity

thereof. The supreme court,

within 30 days from the filing of

the petition, shall enter its

judgment. Should the supreme

court determine that the

reapportionment statute is invalid,

the legislature shall enact a

statute of reapportionment

conforming to the judgment of the

supreme court within 15 days.

(c) Upon enactment of a

reapportionment to conform with

a judgment under (b), the

attorney general shall apply to the

supreme court of the state to

determine the validity thereof.

The supreme court, within 10

days from the filing of such

application, shall enter its

judgment. Should the supreme

court determine that the

reapportionment statute is invalid,

the legislature shall again enact a

statute reapportioning the

legislative districts in compliance

with the direction of and

conforming to the mandate of the

supreme court within 15 days

after entry thereof.

(d) Whenever a petition or

application is filed under this

section, the supreme court, in

accordance with its rules, shall

permit interested persons to

present their views.

(e) A judgment of the supreme

court of the state determining a

reapportionment to be valid shall

be final until the legislative

districts are again reapportioned

in accordance herewith.



The following is provided by Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason, who sent info from the Kansas Secretary of State to explain the amendment.

  1. Kansas is the only state in the nation that adjusts its census numbers.


  1. Adjustment is estimated to cost $835,000 in 2020.


  1. In the 2010 adjustment, approximately 13,000 people, out of 2.9 million, were affected.


  1. Eliminating the adjustment would give lawmakers an additional legislative session to complete redistricting.


  1. Legislative and State Board of Education districts would be drawn using the same numbers as congressional districts.


  1. The Legislature supported eliminating the adjustment with bi-partisan super majorities.



A Proposition to amend section 1 of article 10 of the constitution of the state of Kansas.

In 2019, the Legislature passed a constitutional amendment (SCR1605) with a bipartisan super majority to eliminate a provision in the Kansas Constitution requiring Kansas to adjust census numbers for military personnel and college students. Intended to slow the impact of urban migration from rural Kansas to the more populated, eastern half of the state, the requirement has, historically, had the opposite effect by marginally increasing population numbers for urban areas.

The adjustment is antiquated, burdensome and expensive because it requires the Secretary of State’s office to contact every college student and member of the military residing in Kansas to determine their official residence. Keep in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for counting individuals where they reside in the United States. They expend significant resources in communicating with Americans on the importance of the Census. Kansas is essentially asking students and military personnel the same question – at a cost of at least $835,000 – in a manner contradictory to what is asked by the Census Bureau.


Beware Of Deer

Agencies Warn of Seasonal Increase in Vehicle-Deer Crashes


TOPEKA – Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of deer-vehicle collisions.


Typically, the greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks. In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new food sources and shelter as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in their summer habitats.


“Wet weather this year may cause some deer to cross roads in new places and the additional vegetation growth could make deer harder to see until they are in the road. The approaching breeding season increases deer movement, and the cooler weather, along with young deer dispersing to find new home ranges, mean more deer may be crossing the roads.” said Levi Jaster, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Big Game Coordinator.


According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,734 (16.5 percent) of the 64,933 vehicle crashes reported in 2018 were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided, or the presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Although crashes involving deer occur throughout the year in every Kansas county, the highest number of crashes typically occur where there are the most vehicles. Sedgwick County had 418 deer-vehicle crashes reported in 2018, the most of any county, while Butler County followed with 384 reported deer-vehicle crashes.


“In addition to potentially causing human injuries and loss of life, deer collisions often cause significant vehicle damage that can lead to large expenses for the vehicle owner if not properly insured,” said Shawn Steward, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Kansas. “Of the animal strikes reported by AAA Insurance policy holders during the five year period between 2014 and 2018, the average cost per claim was nearly $4,300.”


The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) cautions drivers to refrain from making exaggerated maneuvers to avoid a deer in the road, lest a bad situation become even worse.


“If you are unfortunate enough to have a deer enter the highway in front of your car, it is best to hit the animal and not swerve to avoid it,” said the KHP’s Lt. Adam Winters. “Often, we find more serious crashes occur when you swerve to miss the deer, potentially losing control of your vehicle, leaving the road or veering into oncoming traffic.”


The agencies recommend the following to help motorists avoid crashes with deer:

  • Be especially watchful at dawn and dusk, when deer are more active.
  • If you see one deer, watch for others, as they seldom travel alone.
  • Reduce speed and be alert near wooded areas or green spaces, such as parks and golf courses, and near water sources such as streams and ponds.
  • Deer crossing signs show areas where high numbers of vehicle/deer crashes have occurred in the past. Heed these warnings.
  • Use bright lights when there is no oncoming traffic and scan the road ahead of you to watch for deer.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer—the most serious crashes sometimes occur when motorists swerve and collide with another vehicle or run off the road and hit an obstacle.
  • Always wear a seat belt and use the appropriately-fitted child safety seats—they are your best defense should you be involved in a crash.
  • Honk your horn with one long blast. A long blast on your horn may frighten large animals, such as deer, away from your vehicle. The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) advises against relying on devices such as deer whistles and reflectors, which have not been proven to reduce collisions with animals.


If you do strike a deer, here are some additional tips:

  • Slow down, move your vehicle to the shoulder if possible, and call for law enforcement. KHP dispatch can be reached at *47, Kansas Turnpike at *KTA, and local law enforcement at 911. Make sure you tell the dispatcher if the animal or your vehicle is still in the road.
  • If you hit a deer or other animal, do not worry about removing the animal. Law enforcement can remove the animal from the road when they arrive. Don’t go near a wounded animal. A frightened and wounded animal can be unpredictable.
  • Turn on your hazard lights and remain buckled up inside your vehicle. You are more protected this way, should a secondary crash occur.
  • If you must be outside your vehicle, make sure it is as far off the road as possible, and do not stand between your vehicle and another one. Keep children buckled, and in car seats in the vehicle. Be vigilant and watch traffic to ensure they aren’t getting close to you.


Anyone involved in a vehicle-deer crash resulting in personal injury or property damage that totals $1,000 or more is required to immediately report the crash to the nearest law enforcement agency. Failure to report any traffic crash is a misdemeanor and may result in suspension of driving privileges.


A salvage tag is required to remove a deer carcass, or any part of the carcass, from the crash site. Tags can be issued by KHP troopers, sheriff’s deputies, or KDWPT game wardens.

Economic Contribution of Agriculture

KDA Provides Updated Reports on the Economic Contribution of Agriculture


MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Agriculture has recently updated its interactive map of Kansas, showing the economic contribution of agriculture across the state broken down by county. Located on the KDA website, the interactive resource can be used to find the agricultural economic facts for each of the 105 counties in Kansas, as well as a report for the entire state.


“As we review the economic contribution of Kansas agriculture, we are pleased to report a total direct output of $46.9 billion supporting 134,057 jobs in the agriculture industry,” said Secretary Mike Beam. “This output is slightly higher than our data published last year at this time, so we know our farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses across a variety of commodity sectors continue to be critical to Kansas communities despite very challenging economic times for our industry.”


KDA annually updates the state and county economic statistics to provide an understanding of the vast influence of the 68 sectors of agriculture on the state’s economy. In addition to the direct output, the reports include the indirect and induced effects of agriculture and ag-related sectors, which demonstrate the total impact that agriculture has in Kansas communities. This total economic contribution of agriculture totals over $65 billion and supports more than 245,000 jobs statewide.


The interactive map allows users to see detailed agricultural statistics including farm numbers, leading agricultural sectors, and value-added data for each county. KDA utilizes data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The economic contribution data is sourced from the most recent IMPLAN data available (2017) and adjusted for 2019.


The county statistics map is available at For updated information, click on a county and find the “2019 Full Report for County” after the county sector list. KDA is committed to advocating for and promoting the agriculture industry, and providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy.


Department of Revenue extends corporate tax filing deadline

TOPEKA – The Department of Revenue is giving Kansas corporations more time to file returns due to the complexity of the 2017 Federal Tax Reform legislation.

Corporations filing Kansas tax returns will have an additional 30 days with no penalty, making the new deadline November 15. While the extension applies to filing corporate returns, it does not correspond to the deadline for corporate tax payments, which are required to be submitted on the 15th day of the fourth month following the end of the corporation’s tax year.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly changed the landscape of tax law for corporations, and the extra time is designed to give corporate filers more time to ensure accuracy and compliance with the new law.


The extension applies to 2018 corporate income tax returns filed by November 15, or within an additional month for an extended 2018 corporate income tax return for corporations that file on a fiscal year basis.


To read the full notice, go to:


For additional questions, please contact the Kansas Department of Revenue Tax Assistance Center at 785-368-8222.

Kansas Eco Devo Strategy Begins

Kelly Administration Begins Design of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for State


TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced Monday they have kicked off the development of the “Framework for Growth” – a robust strategy to accelerate economic growth in the state of Kansas.

The announcement comes after a months-long search for a professional consulting services firm to help research and analyze the Kansas economy and deliver a comprehensive economic development blueprint for the state.

“The economic challenges facing Kansas require innovative solutions and a well-coordinated approach,” Governor Kelly said. “It’s been more than 30 years since the state had a formal strategy to accelerate economic development. The creation and implementation of a new economic growth strategy, along with other initiatives such as tax reform, will help ensure Kansas remains an attractive place for individuals and businesses alike.”

In coordination with members of Kansas businesses and economic development organizations, the Commerce team will develop the first economic development strategy for the state of Kansas since the Redwood-Krider report was issued in 1986.

“Kansas’ lack of a strategy has resulted in our state lagging in some key economic indicators such as GDP growth, population growth and labor participation. Under the leadership of Governor Kelly, I’m excited to announce that we have now embarked on a necessary journey to bring Kansas back to best in class,” Secretary Toland said. “To be competitive in today’s global economy, we must identify and pursue new, nimble economic best practices. It’s past time that we develop a thoughtful, strategic plan to guide Kansas forward.”

A steering committee consisting of economic development professionals, Kansas business leaders and Commerce staff has been created to guide the team through the planning process and the development of the Framework for Growth.

“Our local and regional economic development partners and business stakeholders are critical to our success as a state, so as we put together the team who would guide this process, it was important they were represented in the steering committee,” Toland said. “We also want to ensure that all interested stakeholders have the opportunity to be involved in this process and have created an online survey to capture feedback and allow individuals to share their ideas of how to create long-term prosperity for Kansas.”

The Department of Commerce selected McKinsey and Company as its partner for this important initiative. The work over the next several months will be broken into three phases: assessment and benchmarking, recommendations and best practices, and implementation planning. Each of these phases will be underpinned by ongoing stakeholder and public engagement, and the Department of Commerce will provide progress reports upon the completion of each phase.

For more information on the Kansas Framework for Growth, visit

Dam Rehab Program Approved

FEMA Grant Awarded for High Hazard Potential Dams Rehabilitation Program

$409,298 awarded for use on eligible dams in Kansas


The Kansas Water Office (KWO), with assistance from Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Water Structures Program and the Division of Conservation applied for the FY 2019 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) Rehabilitation Grant. The approval was recently announced and Kansas is being awarded $409,298 in grant funds for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams.


“Many Kansans were able to see firsthand benefits of dams helping to minimize downstream flooding this year across the state,” said Kansas Water Office Director Earl Lewis. “Utilization of resources such as this HHPD Rehabilitation Grant will help to ensure eligible projects will function properly into the future.”


The purpose of the HHPD Grant is to make funds available to eligible dams for technical, planning, design, and pre-construction assistance. Two eligible dams, McPherson County State Lake Dam and Lake Sherwood Dam, were part of this initial Kansas request to FEMA. Both were approved and there are 34 other eligible dams with the option to apply for the grant funds through KWO. In order for a dam to be considered eligible it must be a non-federal dam located in a state with a state dam safety program, classified as high hazard potential by the state dam safety agency, have an approved emergency action plan, and pose an unacceptable risk to the public.


“Overtime, some dams have been reclassified as high hazard structures and are now out of compliance,” and,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam. “With the award of the HHPD Grant funds, we will have the ability to work with eligible dam owners throughout the state to bring their high hazard classified dams into compliance. Having these dams in compliance will reduce risks to the public, decrease flood potential, and in some cases, protect critical water supplies.”


The official and final grant award notification was received by the KWO on September 19 with three years to utilize funds. The KWO will again work with the KDA Water Structures Program and the Division of Conservation to revise the grant work plan to appropriately distribute the additional funds.


For more information about the grant please contact the Kansas Water Office at 785-296-3185 or email

Governor directs flags to be lowered October 6

Governor to honor National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day



In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, and in recognition of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day on Sunday, October 6, 2019, Governor Laura Kelly has ordered flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown on October 6.


“Today, let us begin Fire Prevention Week by honoring all who put their lives on the line every day to protect people, property and communities,” Governor Kelly said. “We also must remember and pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the people of Kansas.”


The honor is extended for all fallen firefighters – such as veteran firefighter John Randle, 67, who served as a first responder and EMT for the Wamego Fire Department. After returning from a structure fire on January 1, 2018, Randle fell and suffered head injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he later died.


“John Randle made lasting contributions in his community, and we are grateful for his dedication and commitment to helping fellow Kansans,” the governor said.


Kansas Supports DACA

Governor joins other states in amicus brief supporting DACA

Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, Montana Governor among other supporters


Governor Laura Kelly today joined other states in legal action supporting the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


Kelly joined Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin, as well as Montana Governor Steve Bullock, in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of DACA.


The friend-of-the-court brief, filed in Department of Homeland Security, et al., v. Regents of the University of California, et al., Case No. 18-587, opposes the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind DACA.


In the brief, Governor Kelly argues that rescinding DACA will cost Kansas millions of dollars in tax income and economic growth, while unfairly punishing undocumented Kansans who are contributing to the Kansas economy and enhancing the state’s culture.


“It goes without saying that we need Washington to finally fix our country’s broken immigration system. But here in Kansas, we care about the well-being of all of our children,” Kelly said. “We simply shouldn’t punish children for decisions their parents made years ago. That’s not who we are as Kansans.


“These young people have worked hard, attended our schools and continue to give back as teachers, nurses, police officers, or by serving in the military. They belong here, and we welcome their contributions in our communities and to our economy.”


In Kansas, nearly 6,000 DACA recipients generate $111 million in annual spending power and pay $12.6 million annually in state and local taxes. The Cato Institute conservatively estimates that rescinding DACA will cost the Kansas economy $1.76 billion over the next decade, while the Center for American Progress estimates that the Kansas economy would lose $335 million in annual gross domestic product (GDP).

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on Nov. 12, 2019. More than 25 governors or state attorneys general are participating in the case in support of DACA

Historical Society Children’s Art Contest Seeking Artists

Kansas Historical Society Student Photo Contest is taking submissions from August 20 – December 15, 2019.


Students from first to 12th grade have an opportunity to win great prizes and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. This year’s theme is Going to School in Kansas.

Special Exhibit, through February 2, 2020 at the Kansas Museum of History · Topeka


Each of the 105 Kansas counties has a fascinating story to tell. Since 1875 the Kansas Historical Society has been collecting stories from all 105 counties of our great state. See a trophy that Glenn Cunningham of Morton County received at the 1936 Olympics.


Happy Birthday, Kansas!




Events this week:


Indian Homes in Kansas 


Homeschool Wednesday

1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Kansas Museum of History · Topeka


Students will explore several types of shelter built by Native Americans from long ago. All of these structures were made of natural resources, each were built to meet the needs of people’s daily lives. In the classroom students can see a small tipi and then step inside the Museum’s full-sized tipi for a different perspective on history.

Students use primary and secondary sources to explore different topics each month. Designed for students from fourth grade through high school. The cost is $6 per student, which includes Museum admission. Regular admission prices apply for non-participating children.


William Allen White Children’s Book Award


William Allen White Children’s Book Award Winning Authors

5 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019

Red Rocks State Historic Site · Emporia


This year’s William Allen White Children’s Book Award winning authors will sign their books for students. Meet the author of Pax, bestselling and award-winning author, Sara Pennypacker; and meet author of Ghost, a New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds. Local book merchants will be selling copies of the books. Tours will be offered at regular admission. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc.


Coming next week:


Museum After Hours


Bluecoat and Pioneer: The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868

By John Hart

6:30 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019

Kansas Museum of History · Topeka


John Benton Hart served in the 11th Kansas Cavalry from start to finish. The accounts of harrowing moments during the regiment’s history were preserved in his diary. They include the ongoing fight against the threat of Confederate General Sterling Price’s army and the Battle of the Platte Bridge at Casper, Wyoming. John Hart is a descendent of the Civil War veteran and recently published a book based on the diary accounts. The author will do a book signing after the program. The Museum Store will have copies for sale. The Kansas Museum of History is open for half price admission from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The Museum Store is also open until 6:30 p.m.


Sundays at the Site


The Past and Present of American Conservatism

By Greg Scheider

2 p.m. October 13, 2019

Red Rocks State Historic Site · Emporia


Join us for two programs this month as part of the summer and fall series at Red Rocks, the home of the William Allen White Family. Programs are free and held in the visitor center. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc.


Kansas State Historic Sites


Seasonal Hours

October 13, 2019 – March 10, 2020


Make plans to visit these Kansas State Historic Sites on Saturday, October 12, 2019, the last day of the season. The winter season extends through March 10, 2020. Be watching for occasional special programming during the winter months and plan to return when the sites open again in the spring on March 11, 2020.


Grinter Place State Historic Site · Kansas City

Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site · Hanover

Kaw Mission State Historic Site · Council Grove

Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site · Pleasanton

Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site · Republic


Seasonal Hours

October 26, 2019 – April 1, 2020


Red Rocks State Historic Site, Home of the William Allen White Family · Emporia


Later this month:


Kansas State Records Board


Quarterly Meeting

8:30 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kansas Historical Society · Topeka


The quarterly meeting for the Kansas State Records Board will be held in the executive conference room. Meetings are open to the public.


Kaw Mission Councils


Amelia Earhart

By Jacque Pregont

2 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019

Kaw Mission State Historic Site · Council Grove


Join us for our ongoing series of lectures and events focused on the rich history of women in Kansas. Jacque Pregont of Atchison will present a program on aviator Amelia Earhart. In case of rain the program will be held in the education building next to the mission. There is a suggested donation of $3. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.


Fort Riley to Fort Kearney


By Duane Gile

2 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site · Republic


Duane Gile has collected extensive research and created a map about the military road from Fort Riley to Fort Kearney. Gile shares his insights at this special fall program at Pawnee Indian Museum.


Sundays at the Site


The Antiques of Red Rocks

By Becy and John Doan

2 p.m. October 27, 2019

Red Rocks State Historic Site · Emporia


Join us for two programs this month as part of the summer and fall series at Red Rocks, the home of the William Allen White Family. Programs are free and held in the visitor center. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc.


Next month:


Kansas Historical Society and Kansas Historical Foundation Annual Members and Board Meeting


Friday, November 1, 2019

Kansas Historical Society · Topeka


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Kansas Ahead in Tax Collection Dollars

State’s September tax collections are $43.2 million ahead of estimates


TOPEKA – The state’s total tax collections for September showed the continued trend upward at $744.1 million; 6.2% or $43.2 million above the estimate. These collections are $48.2 million more than September of Fiscal Year 2019.


Retail sales tax collections are $200.5 million; $2.5 million or 1.3% more than the estimate. Those collections are $3.4 million more than the same month in Fiscal Year 2019. Compensating use tax collections are $36.9 million; $1.9 million or 5.5% more than the estimate. That’s $1.4 million more than September of Fiscal Year 2019.


Individual and corporate income tax collections are above estimates. Individual income tax collections are $375.1 million; 5.7% or $20.1 million more than estimated. Corporate income tax collections are 23.7% or $19.0 million more than $80.0 million estimate.


“This is an encouraging end to the first quarter of the fiscal year,” Secretary Mark Burghart said. “We are seeing the increase in revenue in large part due to increases in regular and estimated individual and corporate income tax collections.”


“This is a positive sign as we slowly recover from the Brownback-Colyer tax experiment. However, with economic uncertainty ahead in a possible recession, we must remain cautious and continue to show fiscal restraint,” Governor Laura Kelly said.


Council on Medicaid Expansion Meets

Governor launches first meeting of bipartisan Council on Medicaid Expansion


Governor Laura Kelly’s call for a bipartisan, Kansas-specific plan to expand Medicaid coverage took an important step forward Monday with the first meeting of the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion.


“Many Kansans struggle to cover the costs of basic health care. Some people can’t afford coverage at all. The status quo is not working for Kansans,” Kelly said. “No family should have to choose between health coverage and paying the mortgage.”


Medicaid expansion would provide access to affordable healthcare for approximately 150,000 Kansans who fall in the “coverage gap,” where an individual does not qualify for Medicaid, but does not make enough to afford healthcare.


In the 2019 legislative session, Governor Kelly presented a Medicaid expansion plan with bipartisan support that mirrored a similar bill that passed both chambers in 2017, but the bill was ultimately vetoed by then-Governor Sam Brownback.


Last session the House of Representatives passed the Governor’s bill, but the Senate did not allow a vote. Instead, the Senate promised to vote on a Medicaid expansion bill in the early months of the 2020 legislative session.


“As I’ve made clear, Medicaid expansion tops my 2020 priority list,” Kelly said. “I was encouraged that both chambers and both parties ended the last session in agreement: 2020 will be the year we finally get this done.


“After all the years Kansans have had to wait for Medicaid expansion, we must get this right.


“That’s why we need some kind of ‘compass’ to help prevent things from veering too far off course should unvetted, risky policies surface at the end of the process. I hope whatever you come up with can be used as one tool to help evaluate whether various ideas move us closer to —  or further away from — our desired outcomes as a state.”


Governor Kelly asked the Council to focus on two questions:


  1. What do we need Medicaid expansion to achieve for Kansas?
  2. What can we learn from other expansion states that will help — or hinder — those goals?


“Good public policy is the product of thoughtful, bipartisan discussions, supported by data-driven decision-making. That’s the conversation I am asking this Council to have,” Kelly said. 


Among discussed items during the initial Council meeting:


  1. A review of the Medicaid expansion landscape across the U.S., with a focus on the fiscal and health impacts associated with expansion as well the different policy levers used in implementation. Overall, expansion states saw a substantial decline in the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults, as well as improved financial and health outcomes for recipients.


  1. An overview of the Kansas Medicaid system, KanCare, and the promising impact of expansion on access to preventative and behavioral healthcare for low-income Kansans.


  1. Presentations by experts from Montana and Ohio on the economic and health outcomes associated with expansion. Montana found that Medicaid made it easier for residents to find work, generated about $30 million in yearly cost savings, and increased access to care for veterans and their families. Ohio saw similar benefits, noting expansion’s role increasing the state’s capacity for behavioral health services and decreasing medical debt for enrollees by half.


The Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion’s next meeting is Oct. 29.


For access to the handouts, slides, Executive Order and other materials, go to: