Today In Kansas Report…headlines for January 4, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 4, 2016

A Kansas legislative panel is recommending that hepatitis C patients who drink or stop using their medications should lose Medicaid coverage. A senator from Overland Park suggested the proposals. It’s unclear what support that proposal would get in Topeka.

The Kansas Bioscience Authority plans to become a private entity this year. It was set up by the state back in 2004 to attract bioscience technology to Kansas, using both state and private money. The authority has been criticized in recent years for the types of investments it made, and seen its budget slashed as lawmakers try to balance the budget.

The trial is set for late this month for a woman in Topeka accused of sexually assaulting a child since 2008. Her husband will go on trial for the same thing in May. The two are charged with rape, aggravted indecent liberties, sodomy, and endangering a child.

A Kansas Court of Appeals panel determines Boot Hill Casino Resort in Dodge City doesn’t have to pay the state’s “use tax” on electronic gaming machines it operates for the Kansas Lottery. The three-judge appeals panel agreed with a state Board of Tax Appeals decision that said the Kansas Department of Revenue was wrong in collecting $801,588 in compensating use tax from Boot Hill. That tax was from the casino’s purchase of out-of-state vendors’ electronic gaming machines on behalf of the Kansas Lottery, which oversees operations at three casinos owned by the state.

As unemployment drops and wages climb, it’s getting harder and harder for the state to find prison guards. They’re leaving in droves because of low pay, which is about 1/3 less than the state’s average hourly wage of just over $20. Overall, the wages for corrections officers in Kansas are about a quarter lower than the national average, driving annual turnover of nearly 30 percent.




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