Today in Kansas Report headlines: March 30, 2016

andy lambertMarch 30, 2016
Officials say a wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles of sparsely populated land in Kansas and Oklahoma is largely contained. Crews are patrolling the fire, which started last week in Oklahoma and spread to southern Kansas. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is seeking improvements to the revenue forecasting system after the state missed revenue targets for 11 out of the past 12 months. The governor’s critics say that it isn’t the estimating process, but the state’s tax policy, that’s at fault as revenues continue to drop. The state is scheduled to release the March revenue report Friday.
Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George met in Wichita today with a coalition of labor and community leaders who champion working-class families. She says she advocates for a “very slow process” of getting interest rates back to something normal, while maintaining the recovery. Activists told her of their personal struggles feeding their families and paying bills on minimum wage jobs.
Two fired employees of a troubled union district office in Wichita have filed a lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract and defamation. Frank Molina Jr. and Becky Ledbetter filed the suits this month in Sedgwick County. Both lawsuits seek more than $75,000 in damages against International Association of Machinists, its District 70 and several union officers
Agribusiness giant Cargill isn’t saying whether it will relocate some of the operations it’s considering moving out of its Wichita offices. Spokesman Mike Martin says the Minneapolis-based company was “looking at a variety of options.” Wichita is home to the company’s beef business; its turkey and cooked meat business, which includes deli meats; its value-added protein services, including its North American egg business; and its food distribution.




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