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Economist urges senators to broaden incentives transparency bill

A University of Kansas economist on Monday urged senators to expand a bill aimed at making information about tax incentives more available to the...

UPDATED: House passes transparency bill for development incentives

(Updated to reflect House final action; corrects the time between audits) The Kansas House on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at opening up more...

Lawmakers consider protections from ‘aggressive’ wind industry

Residents from rural Kansas on Tuesday asked lawmakers to protect them from an "indifferent and aggressive" wind industry they believe hurts property values, poses...

Lawmakers move to add arts funding

Lawmakers are moving to put more money into the arts after years of funding cuts that saw the dismantling of the Kansas Arts Commission. A...

School districts seek separate class for electric rates to better control costs

Escalating electric rates are driving three Johnson County school districts to join the battle over a $26 million rate increase sought by Kansas City...

Broadband task force appointed

A new task force to study the state's needs for high-speed Internet service and how to meet those demands has now been appointed. Here's a...

Millions in Sprint state income tax credits expire as key bill fails

Sprint piled up $100 million in Kansas income tax credits that expired after a bill extending a key development incentive failed to win legislative...

UPDATED: STAR bond restriction, other economic development incentives die in Senate

(Will update as warranted) A new restriction on a special tax incentive for tourism projects died in the Kansas Senate Friday after the House couldn't...

Committee considers last-minute STAR bond restriction

A House-Senate conference committee is considering a last-minute proposal that would place a new restriction on a major tax break used to attract tourism. Democratic...

STAR bonds on trial: Legislation aims to tighten up on powerful tax incentive

The calls for reform began more than a decade ago. Lawmakers became enraged in 2005 when they learned that proceeds from a powerful tax incentive...