(Photo credit: Rep. Adam Smith)
Kansas legislators draft a new proposal for fixing the state budget that includes both income tax increases and hikes in other taxes. House and Senate negotiators agreed last night on details of a plan for raising $948 million over two years. The proposal boosts income and liquor taxes and imposes the state sales tax on some services that are exempt right now.
Kansas’ child welfare agency says it last had contact in February 2012 with a boy who was murdered and fed to pigs in 2015 but had later contact with other family members. The agency clarified an earlier statement about the 7-year old and his family. The boy’s father and stepmother are serving life in prison for his death in Wyandotte County.
Kansas legislators say “cheers” to allowing cities to set up districts where people can move among bars, restaurants and entertainment venues with drinks in hand. The House approved a bill Tuesday on a 97-22 vote. The Senate had approved it last week, so it goes next to Governor Brownback. Lenexa had pushed for the bill in a bid to more effectively compete with entertainment districts in Kansas City, Missouri.
The father of an 11-month old boy who died is now facing charges, including felony murder. First responders this week found the boy unresponsive and took him to the hospital where he died. In addition to the murder count he’s also charged with aggravated endangerment of a child and drug possession and paraphernalia counts.
Kansas feels its sixth earthquake of the month. The 2.8 quake yesterday was centered about 7 miles southeast of Mankato, in Jewell County. That’s the same area where a 3.4 quake struck over the weekend. No reports of damage or injuries.