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Tax increase not ruled out by Brownback…and other headlines: October 18, 2016

andy lambertOctober 18, 2016
Governor Brownback isn’t ruling out a tax increase next year to balance the state budget, even though he thinks it would be harmful to raise taxes with agriculture in a slump. The governor made his comments during a Statehouse news conference. The income tax cuts he pushed for have become a key issue in legislative races as Kansas has struggled to balance its budget.
Emails obtained by The Associated Press in a lawsuit against Johnson County, Kansas, show that former elections commissioner Brian Newby berated employees and carried on a romantic liaison with a subordinate. A local prosecutor has opened an investigation. Newby has since been named head of a federal election agency where he has enraged voting rights activists by his efforts to tighten rules on a federal voter registration form.
The former head of Plains State Bank admits in court that he didn’t report suspicious activity there, as prosecutors claim a Mexican cartel was using the bank to launder drug money. It’s estimated that nearly $7 million was laundered by a pair of customers between 2011 and 2014, as Mexican cartels worked to get around tighter restrictions on U.S. currency at home.
The initial court appearance is in the books for three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex in Garden City. The development is used primarily by Somalia immigrants. Those men are suspected white supremacist militia members, and have now been granted attorneys.
A reminder, today is the deadline to register to vote in the November general election. In addition to locations in each county, online registration is available at the Kansas Secretary of State’s website. People who are already registered only need to re-register to vote if they’ve moved, changed their name, or want to change party affiliation.

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