Local, state talking points


New Sears Hometown store opens in Manhattan

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc., opened its newest store at 8055 East Highway 24 Suite B, according to Little Apple Post. Sears Hometown stores strive to combine the benefits of a larger retail store with the ownership and operation of a small local store.

“Visitors to our store will be greeted by a knowledgeable staff that is dedicated to finding customers the products they need” Mark Feldkamp, owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Manhattan, said. “We offer competitive pricing on a wide selection of name brand appliances, tools and home and garden equipment. We look forward to becoming a trusted partner in the community.”

The Manhattan location marks the fourth opening of a new Sears Hometown store this year.

Brownback proposes backpedal of school funding

Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to backpedal on an increase in state spending on public schools after committing to boosting financial aid to poorer school districts, according to Little Apple Post.

Brownback and his top aides tried to assert that he’s trying to solidify school aid while lawmakers rewrite an outdated and confusing school funding formula, but his own budget numbers display a slight decrease in overall aid for the next fiscal year, and, excluding teacher-pension payments, a 3 percent decrease.

Businesses support state assuming control of OSHA enforcements

The notion of the states each being in charge of workplace safety rules enforcement is gaining support in the House of Representatives, while seeing hesitation in the state Senate, according to Junction City Post.

The Kansas Department of Labor has studied the possibility of the state being in charge of enforcing workplace safety from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. Both House and Senate committees heard a report about the proposal.

The Republican side of the Senate Commerce Committee were less supportive of the idea after they learned that this wasn’t a way to reduce the number of regulations, but the idea has seen more support in the House Commerce Committee because the Kansas business community strongly supports it.

States who take over the responsibilities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are provided finding by the federal government.