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  • Relieved To Have A School Funding Plan, Kansas Lawmakers Await The Court
    It took a fight, but the Kansas House and Senate have agreed to the school funding hikes Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly called for. Now, lawmakers will wait to see if it’s enough to satisfy the state’s highest court. The newly passed plan will add about $90 million in funding for…
  • House-passed bill mandates community colleges disclose information
    The Kansas House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday requiring community colleges in the state to post to websites detailed information about transferring course credit, tuition and fees, enrollment statistics and taxpayer funding. “The data would include things that anybody attending a community college would want to know,” said Rep. Brenda Dietrich,…
  • State law keeping taxes higher for some Kansans
    Lawmakers moved forward with a bill that could have some Kansans paying less in taxes. As more Kansans are getting their taxes filed, the federal tax cuts that Congress passed and President Trump signed in 2017 are being felt. While some people are seeing lower tax bills on the federal…
  • School funding still in limbo as planning continues
     Lawmakers appear at odds over how to meet a Kansas Supreme Court order to boost school funding. “It’s like $91 million one year. $89 the next. So those bills have been introduced. The question is that we all have is, where are those bills going? Are they ever going to…
  • Gov. Kelly promotes service to others, civility in speech
    Kelly said in her speech that many Kansans no matter of party want the same things: a fair livable wage, good healthcare, and a happy and safe future for their kids. "We must seek to lift up all Kansans regardless of whether they look like us, think like us, worship…
  • Candidates for Kansas House share life experiences, policy views at forum
    Local candidates in contested Kansas House races shared formative experiences that have shaped who they are during a forum Tuesday hosted by Tim Carpenter, Statehouse bureau chief for The Topeka Capital-Journal. For Brenda Dietrich, Republican incumbent in the 52nd district, that moment came when she was chosen as superintendent of…
  • Kansas House — 52nd District: Brenda Dietrich
    I am seeking a second term as State Representative for the same reasons I ran in 2016. I ran to get our state back on the right track by restoring stability to the state budget and adequately funding essential services. Everyone I talked to was concerned about public safety, education,…
  • Attorney general, plaintiffs’ lawyers clash on constitutionality of $525M school-finance law
    Attorney General Derek Schmidt submitted to the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday a written brief defending features of a new $525 million, five-year law adopted to fix equity and adequacy flaws in state aid to public school districts that violated the Kansas Constitution. Rep. Brenda Dietrich, a Topeka Republican who…
  • Kansas legislators volunteer at Topeka Rescue Mission’s boutique
    A group of freshman Kansas legislators took time Wednesday to do some spring cleaning for the Topeka Rescue Mission before returning Thursday for the veto session. Rep. Brenda Dietrich, a Topeka Republican, said volunteering together brings a sense of camaraderie. “We just really enjoy doing it,” she said. Dietrich said…
  • ‘It’s kind of a swampy mess’: Kansas GOP divisions show on constitutional amendment
     With just minutes to go Saturday night for a critical vote on a school finance fix, the Statehouse was in disarray. Conservatives in the Senate were giving bitter speeches decrying the funding plan while others desperately pushed to pass it. At stake was a funding increase for the state's K-12…