Income and gas tax increases proposed by coalition…and other headlines: December 8, 2016

andy lambertDecember 8, 2016
Kansas teachers, state workers, contractors and others join together, proposing increases to income and gasoline taxes to fix the state’s budget problems. The plan from the Rise Up Kansas Coalition also would reduce the state’s sales tax on groceries. The proposal would revive a third income tax bracket for the richest taxpayers with the top rate of 6.45 percent and increase the fuel tax by 11 cents a gallon.
A former city clerk awaiting federal sentencing for embezzling more than $100,000 from a real estate company has admitted in court to ripping off the City of Bennington of more than $75,000. Prosecutors claim she admitted that while serving as Bennington’s clerk from October 2014 to May of this year, she misused credit cards belonging to the city.
In Newton, a couple are accused in federal court of bootlegging moonshine from their basement. The charges include possession of an unregistered still, unlawful production of distilled spirits and failing to be bonded as a distiller.
There’s extra security today at Andover Middle school after officials there found a written bomb threat in the bathroom. It had been scrawled on a toilet paper dispenser and referenced a possible incident today, but school leaders aren’t going into details. Police officers will join district and school security in a bid to make sure nothing goes wrong.
Terrence Campbell, the Lawrence attorney nominated to the federal bench in Kansas nearly a year ago is withdrawing from consideration. In a letter, he points to the short time left in the current Congress and his belief that he won’t be confirmed by the new U.S. Senate once it’s sworn in.

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