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Natural prairie grasses landscaping reduces water use dramatically »

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee

Janis Lee Hays Beautification Committee “In an effort to conserve water we are returning our landscaping to natural prairie grasses” is the message one sees as you enter both the Hays Medical Center and the Center for Health Improvement on the Hays Medical Center campus. These signs announce the journey of conversion the Hays Medical […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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March 20, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House district, 109 Appropriations “Mega” Bill On Monday, March 16, the Kansas Senate concurred with the block grant funding for K-12 education, 25-14, that the Kansas House passed on Friday, March 13, 64-57. After their concurrence, that bill now will go to Governor Brownback’s desk for […]

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Roll Out the Rain Barrel project saves water, reduces polllutants »

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Stacie Minson, KSU Watershed Specialist Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds Working with urban homeowners in teaching and educating on water quality issues is important to protect Big Creek and local water supplies. The average homeowner is mostly unaware that their daily habits affect water quality. In most people’s minds, they pay a monthly […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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March 13, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative Kansas House district, 109 The Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success Act A great deal of time was spent listening, debating and reviewing the components of House Substitute for Senate Bill 7, Creating the Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success Act (CLASS) also known as the block grant funding […]

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SELZER: Insurance Matters »

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By Ken Selzer, CPA, Commissioner of Insurance Most Kansans realize that March through September are the storm-season months in our state. Living in Kansas can mean beautiful sunsets and wonderful views, but it can also mean damaging winds, hail, flooding, earthquakes and tornadoes. Our staff at the Kansas Insurance Department has the following checklist for […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 TOPEKA–Turnaround Approaches This Friday, February 27, marks the first major deadline of the legislative session, commonly referred to as “Turnaround.” All bills, aside from some exempt bills, must be passed by the chamber of origin by this deadline in order to be considered after […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House district, 109 February 20, 2015 Senate Bill 178: High Tax Increases for Kansas Farmers During the joint meeting that House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means Committee held at the beginning of session, we were briefed by the Director of the Budget and the Legislative Liaison for the […]

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Brownback’s office offers school-funding reasoning »

Sam Brownback is governor of the state of Kansas.

Office of the Governor Fellow Kansans, We’d like to share a few pertinent facts on education funding. • Governor Brownback is committed to investing in education • He is working to fix a broken education funding formula so more money gets into the classroom to benefit Kansas students • K-12 spending is $177 million more […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 From the Dome to Home February 13, 2015 Governor Sam Brownback Outlines Education Allotment As I mentioned in previous updates that with the tax revenue estimates for the month of January were $47.2 million less than expectations and the Rescission bill passed to address the $280 […]

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SELZER: Insurance Matters »

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The first three weeks of my tenure as Kansas Insurance Commissioner have reinforced my desire to make the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) as responsive, businesslike and constituent-friendly as we can. That is the only way to do our business of insurance regulation. The Kansas Statutes Annotated, the state’s book of laws, identifies the department’s responsibilities […]

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USD 388 to consider moving Junior High during meeting tonight »

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Ellis USD 388 ELLIS–During their Monday meeting, Ellis USD 388 board members will discuss the possibility of moving the Junior High 7th and 8th grade classes to Ellis High School. The move has been considered and discussed over recent years to look at various scenarios of how this could be implemented. At tonight’s meeting, the Board of […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, 109th House District State Representative February 6, 2015 Senate Bill 4: Fixing the 2015 Budget In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned that House Appropriations committee was working on the Governor’s budget revisions for the 2015 fiscal year to address the $278.7 million shortfall. The bill was amended and passed out of Appropriations […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State 109th Dist. Representative TOPEKA–January 30, 2015 Appropriation Committee: Governor’s Revisions for FY 2015 On Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, the Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Governor’s revised recommendations for fiscal year 2015. A revision was resubmitted to the committee due to some of the transfers not included […]

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