Governor Nixon plans to try and persuade the legislature to accept the expanded Medicaid portion of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court ruling on “Obamacare” allows states to opt out of the expansion. Republicans who control the legislature are against the expansion noting potential financial risks to the state.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is asking the legislature to consider legislation that would help replace the approximately 700-million dollars in tax cuts he supported. The governor suggests looking at “pay for’s.”
THE NOT-SO “NEW AMERICAN CITY”
The “New American City” conference was held in Kansas City with mayors and others from around the country participating. The focus was on how to build successful cities over the next few decades. A Star editorial noted that “Kansas City is competing with cities around the nation and the world to attract sharp minds and investment dollars.“ As a result, the Star suggests that Kansas City make several issues the top priorities.
TEA PARTY MEETS THINK TANK
Senator Jim DeMint is leaving the U.S. Senate to serve as head of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. DeMint, a tea party favorite, is said to be one of the most conservative senators. DeMint claims to be leaving because he will have more influence over issues at Heritage than in the senate.
ROASTS AND TOASTS