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Commerce department restructuring staff

Secretary of Commerce David Toland on Friday reshuffled his staff as part of restructuring at the agency. Toland named Alicia Janesko Hutchings as manager of...

Tax incentive transparency bill headed to governor

A bill intended to create more openness about the state's development incentives is on its way to the governor. The Legislature has passed a bill...

New battle shaping up between banks and credit unions

(Note: This reporter's wife is a human resource officer with a bank headquartered in Missouri with branches in Kansas.) As this legislative session draws to...

Legislature settles technology dispute between cities, telecoms

The Legislature has signed off on an agreement between wireless providers and cities that the telecoms predicted will allow them to provide faster internet...

Kansans for Life opposing Toland nomination

Kansans for Life has come out against David Toland's nomination for commerce secretary, sending a letter to senators questioning his relationship to a memorial...

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...