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Foster care system doesn’t meet two-thirds of requirements, audit finds Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article103311982.html#storylink=cpy

September 22, 2016News Clip

Topeka —

The state’s foster care system complies with only about a third of the federal requirements assessed by state auditors, according to a report released Wednesday.

The findings come after a July audit that found the state system failed to ensure the safety of kids in foster care. The July findings prompted some Democrats to call for the resignation of the secretary for the Department for Children and Families, which oversees Kansas’ privatized foster care system.

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Kansas has spent $2 million battling Medicaid application backlog

September 22, 2016News ClipAudit finds state has stopped processing renewal applications

Kansas has spent more than $2 million fighting a backlog of unprocessed first-time Medicaid applications and has, for now, stopped reviewing renewal applications, a state audit released Wednesday found.

Legislative Post Auditors reported nearly 35,000 renewal applications were waiting to be processed as of mid-August. In the meantime, the state said it continues to provide services to those waiting for renewal.

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Kansas faces another budget gap, memo says

September 22, 2016News Clip

Kansas faces another budget gap despite two years of cuts, according to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Research Department.

The state is projected to have $5.6 million in its general fund by the end of the fiscal year in June, according to the memo from Legislative Research that was distributed to lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Kansas House Republicans block debate on Medicaid expansion

February 19, 2016News Clip

TOPEKA – Republicans blocked a debate Wednesday in the Kansas House on a proposed expansion of the state’s Medicaid program before giving first-round approval to budget-balancing legislation.
The bill advancing on a voice vote eliminates a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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Duane Goossen: Tax cuts succeeded at starving revenue stream

February 19, 2016News Clip

Has the “real live experiment” in Kansas tax policy been a success? Did it live up to its billing?
If we simply judge whether it met publicly stated objectives, then, no, the plan failed miserably. But in another important respect, the plan achieved exactly what many lawmakers hoped for – the squeezing down of state government.
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