Individual income tax receipts up $8.7 million in March, overall receipts down $11.2 million

By Kansas Department of Revenue
March 31, 2015

Individual income tax receipts beat expectations Tuesday by $8.7 million but it was not enough to offset shortfalls in oil and gas severance, corporate income and sales tax receipts.

March tax receipts ended $11.2 million below expectations.

Corporate income tax receipts were $8.2 million, or 18 percent, below expectations while sales and use tax receipts were $7.8 million short, and oil and gas severance was $5 million lower than expected.

“While the monthly receipts show a temporary shortfall, sales and use tax receipts for the fiscal year to date are $40 million more than during first nine months of the prior fiscal year,” said Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. “I’m pleased to see individual income tax receipts $8.7 million above what we expected, driven in part by strong employment growth.”

Conference committee approves moving school board elections to fall of even-numbered years

By Kansas Association of School Boards
March 31, 2015

A House-Senate conference committee on Tuesday approved a proposal to move school board and city elections to August and November of even-numbered years; the same time as state and federal elections.

The committee report may be composed later today and teed up for consideration by the full House and Senate as quickly as Wednesday.

KASB, which opposes moving the elections, is urging school officials to contact their legislators to urge them to vote against this bill. KASB anticipates close votes on this issue in both chambers. The vote will be on the conference committee report for HB 2104, which now contains the change in local elections originally in SB 171.

KASB believes that moving the races to the fall will confuse voters and increase partisanship in the administration of public schools. Currently, the elections are held in the spring of odd-numbered years.

The conference committee report is contained in House Bill 2104 would:

Move school board and city elections to the fall of even-numbered years;

Place local races at the top of the ballot;

Require school officials to provide a building for voting if contacted by the county election official before Jan. 1.

The conference committee does NOT include restrictions on when elections involving tax increases could be held, which was contained in the Senate version of the bill.

The conference committee report also includes:

Senate-approved versions of Senate Bill 239, which repeals the presidential primary, and House Bill 2104, which deals with filling vacancies of nominees after the primary.

Keep an eye on Marshall, Underwood

By Steve Sell
March 31, 2015

The college basketball coaching carousel is almost as exciting as the Final Four itself.

You can scratch Rick Barnes off the wannabe list. In lickity-split fashion, he has landed at Tennessee after being dumped by Texas.

Now the focus is on Gregg Marshall and Shaka Smart, not to mention — at least to folks around here — McPherson’s own Brad Underwood at Stephen F. Austin.

Reports came down today that Oklahoma State could be axing Travis Ford, whose Cowboy teams generally are regarded as underachievers. Where there’s smoke, there’s generally fire. My guess is Ford is probably gone.

Of course, the spotlight is on Marshall. The Wichita State coach time and again has said how much he enjoys being the Shocker head man, but to reach the top of the mountain, Texas would probably be his best bet, if they don’t hire Smart over Avery Johnson, whose name has been floated out there as he’s a former NBA coach with Texas ties.

My gut feeling tells me this is the time Marshall takes the money and runs. He’s down to his final go-around with Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, assuming both return as expected. Baker actually is a senior, but he redshirted a year. VanVleet really has done all he can do at WSU, but there’s not many 5-11 guards in the NBA.

While the Shockers’ bench was loaded with youngsters, they don’t appear to have the talent that would keep them in the Top 10. Marshall has signed some impressive recruits, but they’re players not high on the radar of the other national powers.

Then there’s Underwood. He has done nothing short of an amazing job at Stephen F. Austin with 61 wins and just eight losses. He knows the Big 12 from Kansas State, which might make the Oklahoma State job attractive should it open. If Marshall bolts, he might even get a look at Wichita State.

I don’t think I can ever remember a year where so many quality jobs have opened up. Underwood is hot right now after back-to-back NCAA appearances and while he could remain at SFA and be a big fish in a small pond, I’m sure the competitor in him would love to get a Big 12 job or even a shot at WSU.

The next couple of weeks promise to be exciting to say the least.

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Male Jack Russell/Bischon mix named "Moe"--white and black with curly hair, weighs about 9 lbs, LAST SEEN yesterday around Lakeside Park and by Arby's, owners are now offering a $250 REWARD for his safe return -- 242-4340, call or text

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Lava rock and four landscape timbers -- 620-480-1482

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Antique round 54" oak table with two leaves and four antique pressed-back oak chairs -- 620-680-1713

Miller Howard brand grandfather clock -- 620-680-1713

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Male Jack Russell/Bischon mix dog named "Moe", white with black patches, about 6 lbs, LOST in McPherson on Sunday 3/29 -- 242-4340, call or text

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Lightweight bumper-pull camper, under 3000 lbs, prefer used R-Pod, MPG or hybrid -- 785-668-2709

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Landscaping rocks or bricks, free or very inexpensive -- 620-480-0778

Small chest freezer, 5-7 cubic foot size -- 245-4494

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Older one bedroom, one bath house FOR SALE in Canton $8,000/obo -- 316-680-2299 in Canton

Car trailer with dual 7,000 lb axles, working lights, clean and clear title $700 -- 620-680-1771

Gas-powered log splitter $500 -- 620-680-1771

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