Kansas Gov.-Elect Vows to Scrutinize State’s No-Bid Contracts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Small-town sex trafficking in South Dakota … counties with the most deportations … and North Carolina vaccination exemptions.

From Pensions to Pot, Lawmakers Outline Post-Election Priorities

“I think this is where the action is going to be,” says one expert, referring to state legislatures in the coming months.

‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Brings Worries in Kansas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Struggling to recover after Hurricane Michael … firefighter overtime pay in L.A. County … and a growing trash rebellion in St. Paul, Minn.

Moody’s: Trump’s $12B Farmer Bailout Won’t Have the Desired Effect

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota have the most to lose in a “trade war” with China.

Summer Food Programs Face Challenges in Rural Areas

Paperwork, administrative burdens and transportation issues can lead to lower participation among children in rural areas, experts said at a House subcommittee hearing.

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.”