Linda Beech: Living Well–The Caregiving Journey

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As America ages, more of us will find ourselves caring for a spouse, parent, other family member or close friend. In fact, family members and friends provide about eighty percent of long-term care in our country today. The high cost and shortage of trained caregivers, the desire to provide personalized care within the family, and […]

Hays earns Tree City USA for 36th year

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Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee The city of Hays has earned the honor of being named a Tree City USA again this year for the 36th year in a row. The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve […]

WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home

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March 27, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House district, 109 Senate Bill 34: Election Crimes Even though we had a relatively short week, we conducted Legislative session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we were on the House floor all three days, all day debating, amending, and voting on an array of different issues […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]