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Task Force Reports Encouraging Possibilities for Doctor of Osteopathy School in Kansas

Highlights of the report include specific directions to increase medical training together with physician recruitment and development. The report indicates that recruiting Kansas students early on to offer them a chance to be get their medical degree right here in the state will help keep them on track to stay here and practice medicine upon graduation. The report highlights an existing pool of prospective medical students that could be recruited into a DO school and the opportunity to use federal funds to establish new residency programs in rural Kansas hospitals where they are not currently offered.

Secretary Phyllis Gilmore to retire from DCF

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Friday announced Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, 72, will retire from the agency as of December 1, 2017.

Lt Governor Jeff Colyer responds to Gannon ruling

TOPEKA– “These lawsuits over funding for Kansas schools have been ongoing for at least 45 years. This problem spans nine Governorships and has persisted through both Democrat and Republican administrations. Unfortunately, these legal challenges have not resulted in...

Lt Governor Colyer responds to Las Vegas shooting tragedy

Topeka – In response to the terror attack at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas that has left several hundred people injured and at least 50 people dead, Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer issued the following statement: “Ruth and I extend our deepest sympathies to the friends,...

Child Poverty in Kansas Drops Significantly

In the past five years, the number of Kansas children in poverty has decreased by 26 percent. Data also shows that 19 percent of children are living in poverty across the United States, compared to 14 percent in Kansas.

Governor Brownback issues statement on passing of Gil Alexander

“Gil was a deeply respected member of the community, brilliant farmer, talented musician, and a good friend. His story touched thousands of lives, and he worked with passion to bring the importance of organ donation to the public conscience,” Governor Brownback said. “I’m happy I have the pleasure of knowing him and so saddened about his passing and the loss for the community of Nicodemus.”

Strong Chicken Demand Prompts Tyson Foods to Expand Production

The company will construct a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill near the city of Tonganoxie, in Leavenworth County, which will employ approximately 1,600 people and contract with northeast Kansas farmers and ranchers to raise chickens. The operation, currently scheduled to begin production in mid-2019, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide.

Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer issues statement on insurance hike

TOPEKA – Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer today issued the following statement in response to the news of insurance rate increases on the exchange: “The 29% increases for health insurance are another rung on the ObamaCare ladder of failure, just months after this broken...

Governor Brownback issues Executive Order to aid in Hurricane relief

Executive Order 17-03 applies to commercial vehicles directly participating in relief and restoration of areas in Texas recovering from the destruction of the hurricane and resulting floods. Under the order, certain motor carrier fees and regulations will be waived.

Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer issues statement

TOPEKA – Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer today issued the below statement following the announcement of Governor Sam Brownback’s presidential nomination to Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom: “Sam Brownback has served our state and our citizens with...

Governor Sam Brownback announces State Librarian Jo Budler to retire

TOPEKA – Governor Sam Brownback today announced that the State Librarian, Jo Budler, will step down at the end of the month. Budler has served as State Librarian since 2010. “I am grateful for the wealth of experience Jo has provided to the state,” said Governor...

Governor Sam Brownback issues Independence Day statement

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following Independence Day statement: “America is built on a creed—a creed of human freedom, equality, and dignity. Seeking the freedom to secure these rights endowed by their Creator, our Founding Fathers...

Governor Sam Brownback issues statement on repeal of WOTUS rule

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement following the repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule developed as part of the Waters of the United States: “The Clean Water Rule was another example of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. trying to...

Smaller paycheck, bigger government

Fellow Kansans, The 2017 legislative session is now over, but the pain to your pocketbook is just beginning. This legislature made history, to the tune of a $1.2 billion tax hike on working Kansans. Then, they did it again, this time with a $13.2 billion budget. Let...

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