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Author Archives: Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".

New State Income Tax Rules

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As the end of the 2011 rapidly approaches, the Kansas Department of Revenue has begun posting information concerning the changes in state income tax laws that take effect January 1st. The state of Kansas has sent out mailers to 160,000 businesses to inform them about the new tax law and how it applies to them. State Revenue Department Spokesperson Jeannine ... Read More »

Kansas Opts Out of Federal Recreational Trails Program

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What do Kansas and the State of Florida have in common? Answer – They are the only 2-states in the country to opt out of the Federal Recreational Trails Program that matches local contributions with Federal dollars to build bike, walking and ATV-paths. The money for the program comes from fuel taxes. According to Federal studies, a portion of the ... Read More »

Board of Regents Budget Proposal

Finances were front and center at last week’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka. Specifically the Regents were studying budget proposals including one from the state’s 26-technical colleges and community colleges that provide technical education. Clark Coco – North Central Kansas Technical College President – said it would take $58-to-$60-million to adequately fund a new cost model for the ... Read More »

Drought Could Mean More Wheat Planted

As Kansas farmers begin preparing their fields to plant winter wheat, the question being tossed around by the Ag experts is, how much more wheat will be planted because of the ongoing dry spell? Industry experts are predicting a significant rise in the number of wheat acres because of the dramatic failure of spring-planted crops. The next hurdle for all ... Read More »

Kansans Need to Remain Vigilant

Anyone who was around the morning of September 11th, 2001 remembers the horror this country experienced that day – the day Al Qaeda terrorists high jacked 4-airliners that eventually were used to destroy the Twin Towers in New York City and a portion of the Pentagon in the nation’s capital. Mitchell County Emergency Preparedness Director Scott Davies says we should commemorate ... Read More »

Index of Economic Indicators Shows Kansas Growth

The message from a major indicator of future economic growth is that economic growth in Kansas will improve in the next 6-months. The economic indicator, which was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, factors in such things as: state initial unemployment insurance claims, delivery times from the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing survey, and the interest rate spread ... Read More »

KPERS Gap Widens

State Pension Plan Actuaries are reporting that the gap between the retirement benefits Kansas has promised to pay teachers and government workers and the money it will have to keep those promises widened to $8.3-billion in 2010. The losses are due in large part to some lingering effects of nearly $3-billion lost to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System in ... Read More »

ATV Accident in Miltonvale

A Clay Center man involved in an ATV accident last Friday afternoon at a rural Miltonvale residence is described as being in critical condition. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, 34-year old Corey Lee Doza was riding an ATV on a private drive at 1881 Cherokee Road when it overturned and he was thrown off. Doza was taken ... Read More »

Six Nomination in Limbo

The abortion issue has put former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s nomination to an Appellate Court Judgeship on hold for the time being. Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that the vote on Six’s nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was being held over because some committee members want more discussion. ... Read More »

Board of Regents Raise Tuition Fees

It’s official – the Kansas Board of Regents approved new rates yesterday that will increase tuition costs for university students next fall. The new rates will create about $26-million in additional revenue for the 6-state universities – Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State, Pittsburg State, Emporia State and Fort Hays. The new rate increases also mean the schools will receive more ... Read More »