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Kansas Governor K-12 Budget Supported by Association of School Boards
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Kansas Governor K-12 Budget Supported by Association of School Boards

Kansas Association of School Boards Issues Joint Statement in Support of Governor Kelly’s K-12 Budget Proposal Topeka, KS (STL.News) Key Quote: We applaud Gov. Kelly and those legislators who in the past have ensured that the Gannon funding has been implemented.  The Governor deserves praise for proposing the continuation of this funding in her budget and we urge the Legislature to approve that. Signed by: Kansas Association of School Boards Kansas School Superintendents Association Kansas National Education Association Kansas Parents as Teachers Association Kansas State Board of Education Kansas State Parent Teacher Association Schools for Fair Funding Schools for Quality Education United School Administrators of Kansas Game on For Kansas Schools Find Governor Kelly’s FY2...
Kansas Governor Appoints Christopher Etzel To 2nd Judicial District
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Kansas Governor Appoints Christopher Etzel To 2nd Judicial District

Governor Laura Kelly Appoints Christopher Etzel to Fill District Court Vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly appointed Christopher Etzel, Havensville, to the 2nd Judicial District vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Gary Nafziger. “I’m pleased at the opportunity to appoint Chris to this position – he will be an excellent judge for the Second Judicial District,” Governor Kelly said.  “He has deep roots in the community.  He knows the people of Jackson, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, and Jefferson counties, and through his law practice he knows the issues facing our justice system.  I am confident every lawyer, plaintiff, or defendant appearing in front of him will be fairly heard and treated with dignity and respect.” Etzel has been in...
Kansas Governor Proposes Agency Reorganization to Aid Kansans
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Kansas Governor Proposes Agency Reorganization to Aid Kansans

(STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intent to once again submit an executive reorganization order (ERO) to the Kansas Legislature creating the Kansas Department of Human Services (KDHS).  The new agency will include the current programs at the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). “Creating the Department of Human Services ensures Kansas families and individuals have easier access to critical services and improves engagement between our service centers, clients, and local stakeholders by creating a single point of entry for those accessing a variety of needs,” Governor Kelly said.  “Through this ERO, my administration reaffirms our commitment to ensuring vulnerable Kansans have someone advocating for them...
Kansas Governor Announces New Rural Economic Development Program
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Kansas Governor Announces New Rural Economic Development Program

Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Rural Economic Development Program Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced the creation of the Kansas Main Street Affiliate Community Program, an initiative designed to introduce more Kansas communities to the resources and technical assistance offered through Kansas Main Street. The new Affiliate Community Program is a membership-based program that invites representatives from participating communities to attend training and technical service sessions normally reserved for only the 25 designated Main Street program communities in the state. This allows those communities not involved fully with Main Street to still reap significant benefits from the program. “My administration brought back the Main Street program because it is a prove...
Kansas Governor Kelly: $3.5 Million Grants to Assist Child Care Programs
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Kansas Governor Kelly: $3.5 Million Grants to Assist Child Care Programs

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Estimated $3.5 Million in Grants to Assist Kansas Child Care Programs Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Child Care Aware of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Office of Recovery, has launched a new Child Care Health Consultant Network to provide technical assistance to licensed child care providers as they implement COVID-19 health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After working directly with a consultant to assess the environment, child care programs are eligible to apply for grant funding to purchase supplies or make adaptations to home or center-based facilities.  Child Care Aware of Kansas anticipates providing $3.5 mi...
Kansas: October Tax Revenues Hit Double-Digit Points Over Estimate
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Kansas: October Tax Revenues Hit Double-Digit Points Over Estimate

October Total Tax Revenues Hit Double-Digit Percentage Points Over Estimate Topeka, KS (STL.News) The State of Kansas continues to see revenue growth over the same month of the last fiscal year.  October’s total tax receipts were $596.6 million, an 11.7% or $62.6 million increase over the estimate.  That is 7.9%, or $43.6 million, more than October of Fiscal Year 2020. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Kansans and threaten our state’s economic uncertainty, Congress must pass an economic relief bill,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “While the positive revenue trends are encouraging, the future of this revenue growth will be tied to the support we get from Washington and to every Kansas community using the tools we know work to slow the spread of COVID-19.” Individual income tax c...
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces Administration Appointments
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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces Administration Appointments

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced appointments to Kansas state boards and commissions. Appointment is subject to Senate confirmation Kansas Department of Credit Unions Administrator The credit union administrator attends the meetings of the Kansas Credit Union Council and has the general charge of the work of the council and general supervision of credit unions in Kansas. Vickie Hurt, Garnett Kansas Dental Board The Kansas Dental Board adopts rules, issues licenses, and conducts hearings to revoke or suspend dental licenses. Dr. Lacey Randa, Lawrence Employment Security Board of Review The board accepts and reviews appeals from referee’s decisions and makes decisions in a timely manner. Valorie Jacobs, Arkansas City (reappointment) University of Kansas Hosp...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard

Governor Kelly Takes Significant Steps for Transparency, Announces New SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard Topeka, KS (STL.News) Today, Governor Laura Kelly announces the launch of the online investment dashboard to show how the $1.034 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) are being spent across Kansas. “My administration has always prioritized transparency and accountability when it comes to serving Kansans.  That’s what good governance is about,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “Kansans deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and this online tool makes that information easily accessible to all.” Kansans can view the investment dashboard directly at covid.ks.gov/covid-data/ or by visiting the Office of Recovery website: covid.ks.gov/spark-recovery-office/and selecting the Inv...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces PPE Distribution Program for Deaf
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces PPE Distribution Program for Deaf

Governor Laura Kelly Announces New KCDHH, DCF Visible Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Program Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment (PPE) available to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their family members, and/or personal caretakers. “Since the pandemic began, my administration has prioritized ensuring that all Kansans have access to the resources they need to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and stay healthy,” Governor Kelly said.  “I commend the Department of Children and Families and the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for making this progra...
Kansas Governor Kelly Attends Turner Diagonal Interchange Ceremony
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Kansas Governor Kelly Attends Turner Diagonal Interchange Ceremony

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly joined national, state, and local officials to celebrate the completion of the Turner Diagonal Interchange project in Wyandotte County today. “I’m honored to celebrate the completion of the Turner Diagonal interchange, a project that represents both immediate improvements for Kansans and long-term economic growth,” said Governor Kelly.  “This new interchange will open nearly 300 acres of land for private development, and we anticipate the creation of over 2,500 jobs in the immediate area.” At today’s event, speakers included Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) Julie Lorenz, and U.S. Representative Sharice Davids.  The event also included a video with remar...
Kansas Governor Kelly, Safe Kids Kansas Offer Safe Halloween Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
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Kansas Governor Kelly, Safe Kids Kansas Offer Safe Halloween Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today joined Safe Kids Kansas to encourage Kansas families to seek creative alternatives for regular Halloween activities that will encourage safety and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “It is unfortunate that this year, Halloween will look a little bit different for Kansas kids,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “But by using commonsense safety measures, families can still enjoy holiday fun while limiting the spread of COVID-19.  I encourage all Kansans to read and follow Safe Kids Kansas’ commonsense guidelines this weekend.” The safety guidelines are as follows: Planning Your Costume: When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls, whether around the house or on the street. For greater visibility, decorat...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Jobs in Iola
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Jobs in Iola

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Over 100 Jobs in Iola Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the announcement of Peerless Products, Inc., purchasing a 150,000-square-foot facility in Iola to expand its production capability. Peerless estimates the expansion will create 100 to 120 new full-time jobs in Iola over the next five years, with a capital investment of $10.35 million. “Peerless is a fantastic, homegrown Kansas company with a long history in Fort Scott.  I appreciate its leadership team recognizing all that Iola and the entire Southeast Kansas region has to offer, and for choosing to expand in Allen County,” Governor Kelly said.  “With our engaged team at the Kansas Department of Commerce, my administration will continue to...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Pell Funding for Incarcerated Citizens
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Pell Funding for Incarcerated Citizens

Governor Kelly Announces Over $2.2 million in Pell Funding for Incarcerated Citizens Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced that seven Kansas colleges will be receiving $2,229,125 million in Pell funding for incarcerated citizens.  The awards were officially announced by the U.S. Department of Education in April 2020, with colleges receiving notice in September of specific amounts. The colleges awarded Second Chance Pell Experiment status are Barton Community College, Great Bend, KS; Colby Community College, Colby, KS; Donnelly College, Kanas City, KS; Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS; Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS; University of St. Mary’s, Leavenworth, KS; and Washburn University, Topeka, KS. “We know that increased access to educ...
Kansas Governor Kelly Visits Woman-Owned Business, Signs Proclamation for Women’s Week
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Kansas Governor Kelly Visits Woman-Owned Business, Signs Proclamation for Women’s Week

Governor Laura Kelly Visits Woman-Owned Business, Signs Proclamation for National Business Women’s Week Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today visited woman-owned Salon Chemistry in Wichita and signed a proclamation in recognition of National Business Women’s Week. “Women-owned businesses make meaningful contributions to our economy, our culture, and our communities,” Governor Kelly said. “Kansas’ many workingwomen deserve our recognition during National Business Women’s Week, and every week, for their outstanding achievements throughout our state’s history.” The proclamation details that working women constitute 75.9 million of the nation’s workforce, and almost 57.1% of United States workers are women.  Additionally, women-owned businesses account for 36% of all U.S. business...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces 250 Jobs with New Empirical Foods Facility in Garden City
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces 250 Jobs with New Empirical Foods Facility in Garden City

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly Thursday announced the groundbreaking for a new Empirical Foods ground beef facility in Garden City. The planned facility, which is now the largest single investment in the company’s 40-year history, will bring 250 new jobs and more than $250 million in capital investment to Garden City and Finney County. “Empirical Foods made a smart decision in choosing to do business in a community with so much to offer in excellent schools, infrastructure, and quality-of-life amenities for employees and their families,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “Projects like this will continue to strengthen our state’s foundation and help us attract more companies, like Empirical, to do business in Kansas.” Secretary of Commerce David Toland joined company officials at ...
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces $35 million in Rental Assistance
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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces $35 million in Rental Assistance

Governor Laura Kelly Announces $35 million in Rental Assistance to Keep Kansans in Their Homes, Businesses Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly announced that Kansans experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in rental assistance. Approximately $35 million of CARES Act funding is now available through the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program, which is designed to reduce evictions across the state.  The program was recommended by the SPARK taskforce and approved by the State Finance Council. “Keeping Kansans in their homes and businesses has been a top priority for my administration since the pandemic began,” Governor Kelly said.  “Through this program, we will provide support to tenants and landlords experiencing pandemic-relate...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces New Jobs in Kansas City & Park City
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces New Jobs in Kansas City & Park City

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the announcement of two new Amazon fulfillment centers in Kansas City, KS and Park City.  Each site will contain a new one million square-foot fulfillment center, and in total, will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs, starting at a minimum of $15 an hour. “Today’s Amazon announcement further proves why Kansas can offer prospective businesses the kind of workforce, infrastructure, and central location that can compete with anywhere in the country,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “This project will bring more than 1,000 good-paying jobs and significant capital investment to our state and sends a clear message to prospective companies – Kansas is open for business.” Governor Kelly joined Secretary of Commerce David Toland, Senator ...
Kansas Governor Kelly Celebrates Phase III expansion of the BTBC for University
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Kansas Governor Kelly Celebrates Phase III expansion of the BTBC for University

Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Economic Development, Innovation at Groundbreaking for Kansas University BTBC Expansion Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly applauded the announcement of the Phase III expansion of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) at the University of Kansas, and introduction of the new KU Innovation Park. The Phase III expansion includes a new 70,000-square-foot facility, which will feature fully functional wet labs, offices, and collaborative spaces for its tenant startups.  The facility will house 250 new high-tech jobs. “The University of Kansas Bioscience & Technology Business Center expansion will assist my administration’s efforts to create good jobs, keep Kansas graduates in our communities, and foster the local infrastructure of ta...