Tonganoxie USD 464 voters say no to budget authority increase
June 30, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote.
City budget suggestions cause conflict on Shawnee council
June 29, 2015
New City Council Member Eric Jenkins has proposed some changes to the city’s department structure and budget as the city wraps up its 2016 budget session, which caused some backlash from other members of the council.
Tonganoxie USD 464 ballot deadline is June 30
June 18, 2015
Tonganoxie voters have about two weeks left to cast their mail-in ballots in the special Tonganoxie USD 464 local option budget election. Voters will decide whether to give the school board authority to increase the local option budget from 30 percent to 33 percent. Ballots were sent out last week and are due back to the Leavenworth County Courthouse by noon June 30.
Governor signs bill on $25 withdrawal for welfare recipients
June 16, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that allows the state to change controversial limits on the amount of money welfare recipients could withdraw from ATMs.
Tonganoxie group hopes for ‘yes’ vote in mail ballot election
June 10, 2015
About 10 Tonganoxie area residents gathered at a local residence Friday night to discuss politics. The discussion centered at times on what’s happening in Topeka, but the focus for this group was and continues to be hyperlocal — the state of school funding.
O’Brien: Broken funding formula and necessary corrections
May 12, 2015
I would like to start by saying that I have supported increased education funding at every opportunity since I first was elected in 2008. Last April, I supported the bill that put an additional $126.2 million into schools statewide for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.
Kansas House passes bill legalizing fantasy sports
May 7, 2015
The Kansas House has passed a bill that would define fantasy sports as a legal activity.
Tonganoxie City Council approves Mayor Ward’s appointments
May 6, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council approved Mayor Jason Ward’s annual appointments during Monday’s City Council meeting.
Budget, taxes head up crowded agenda for Kansas Legislature
April 29, 2015
Kansas legislators are returning Wednesday from spring break to tackle a crowded agenda topped by a mandate to balance the next state budget and questions about which taxes they will increase to achieve that.
Brownback to take action on bill regulating Uber drivers
April 20, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback must decide whether to sign a bill that ride-hailing company Uber has said would drive it out of the state if it becomes law.
New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits
April 16, 2015
A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items.
Challengers sweep USD 464 races
Mayor wins close race:
April 15, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board will have a much different look in a few months. Voters last week voted in three challengers in races that involved incumbents, while a fourth seat was a battle between two candidates who were not incumbents.
Hollywood Casino delays start of hotel project
April 13, 2015
The owners of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway are postponing construction of a 248-room hotel, which was to be underway this week.
Kansas Attorney General criticizes federal home health laws
April 7, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says new federal regulations threaten home health care services in Kansas.