Agriculture States Are Bearing an ‘Unfair’ Brunt of Chinese Tariffs

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross assured senators Thursday he’s negotiating to ‘minimize the problem,’ but ‘the gap is wide.’

Kansas Birth Rate Drops to All-Time Low

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | LePage relents on Maine road sign dispute … Boca Raton mayor arrested … San Antonio smart city proving ground … Conn. school closures … and a new vets-only safe parking program.

Kansas Firefighters Accused of Harassing Former Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would cut size of Pennsylvania legislature; 75% spike in Los Angeles homelessness; a ‘permanent pollutant’ in Minnesota’s lakes; and an Oregon mayor’s gig-economy sidegig.

The Republican Tax Bill Might Need an Escape Hatch to Pass

Ahead of a key vote this week, senators from states where tax cuts busted the budget want the plan to include a “backstop” in case the party’s rosy revenue predictions don’t come true.

Kansas Republicans to Congress: 'You Better Learn Our Lesson'

Lawmakers from the Sunflower State say they are worried that Congress and the Trump administration will repeat the mistake they made in enacting budget-busting tax cuts.

City Learns Costly Lesson About the ‘Quick, Cheap Way’ to Build

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | There’s no budget contingency plan in South Dakota; Iowa DOT graphic designer hurt by public’s complaints; and “Baltimore has had more than enough time to think” about Confederate statue removal.

Juvenile Justice Reforms in Kansas Show Early Signs of Success

Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2016, S.B. 367 creates standards to improve juvenile justice system

Kansas Legislature Derails Governor's 'Zero Income Tax State' Vision

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Seattle’s sugary drink tax; Missouri governor’s move to limit funding for sobriety checkpoints; and Philly’s transit limitations.

What Would Medicaid Expansion Mean for Kansas’ Rural Hospitals?

There’s reason to believe rural hospitals in expansion states are doing better.

On the Brink of AHCA Vote, Kansas Lawmakers Make Their Own Move on Medicaid

“I think if we waited for Washington to sort themselves out, we wouldn’t vote for anything,” one Kansas state senator told Route Fifty.

Sam Brownback Might Not Be Governing Kansas Much Longer

President Trump reportedly will send the beleaguered Republican to Rome as ambassador to U.N. for food and agriculture.

Kansas Republicans Sour on Their Tax-Cut Experiment

The state legislature nearly reversed Governor Sam Brownback’s signature policy after a voter rebellion. His economic legacy, one GOP lawmaker says, “is going down in flames.”

Relative of Kansas Gov. Slams His Budget Proposal; Colo. Lawmakers May Pursue Tax Hike

Also in our Weekend State and Local Daily Digest: Emergency declaration in Georgia; Philly-area bridge closed after structural fracture; a big EPA fine from a Honolulu molasses spill.

The Budget Mess Continues in Kansas

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently told The Kansas City Star: “I want a fairer tax system, but it’s like that was all counter to my policies.” Good luck replenishing that bone-dry rainy day fund.

Navigator Award Finalists: Sherry Schoonover and Team, City of Topeka, Kan.

Making its easier to track capital improvement projects—and the funding that’s been budgeted and spent on them.

Route Fifty Roadmap: Visiting a Kansas City Suburb Where Google Fiber Hit a Roadblock

Municipal rules about undergrounding utilities proved to be too great a challenge to overcome in Leawood, Kansas, back in 2014. Could new models to expand connectivity bridge those barriers?

Kansas City’s Garbage Apology; Miami Beach Reminded of Its Precarious Position

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: LAPD outreach to families of those killed by officers; gas utility under scrutiny in Vermont; and Great Lakes mayors question water agreement.

4 Kansas Ex Governors Join Forces to Fight Sam Brownback’s Fiscal Policies

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Illinois budget mess threatens state road construction; Oakland, Calif., conflict-of-interest inquiry; and Jacksonville consolidated government dispute.