Winter Weather Awareness day is December 1

By Kansas Adjutant General
November 26, 2014

Despite winter’s early arrival across the state and nation, if this is a typical Kansas winter much more severe winter weather, including accumulating, drifting snow and icy conditions, is ahead of us.

The National Weather Service, in conjunction with Kansas Division of Emergency Management, select a day each fall to remind Kansans of the potential hazards associated with winter weather. That day is December 1. State agencies are taking the opportunity to encourage Kansans to prepare for another Kansas winter if the recent cold weather hasn’t already prompted them to do so.

“As we’ve already seen, the temperature can drop quickly,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “We don’t know exactly what this winter has in store for us, so it’s best to be prepared. Now is the time to check your home and vehicle emergency kits and replenish any outdated supplies.”

Road travel is discouraged during extreme storm situations; however, if you must travel in those conditions the Kansas Highway Patrol encourages taking extra precautions to keep yourself and your family safe.

“Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car at all times in case you get stranded or stuck in traffic,” said Col. Ernest Garcia, Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent. “Arrange your travel plans so you can leave well ahead of bad weather and keep an emergency kit in your car.”

Recommended items to include in your vehicle:

• Shovel

• Windshield scraper and small broom

• Flashlight

• Battery powered radio

• Extra batteries

• Water

• Snack food

• Matches

• Extra hats, socks and mittens

• First aid kit with pocket knife

• Necessary medications

• Blanket(s)

• Tow chain or rope

• Road salt and sand

• Booster cables

• Emergency flares

• Fluorescent distress flag

Information on winter driving tips is available from the Kansas Highway Patrol at You can also follow the Kansas Highway Patrol on Facebook and Twitter at

If you must travel when winter road conditions are deteriorating, then plan ahead to get the latest road information from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

“If you must travel, be sure you know road conditions before you leave by calling 5-1-1 or visiting the Kandrive website at And give the snow plows plenty of room to work,” said Mike King, secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

To find information on road conditions when not in the state, call 1-866-511-5368.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment encourages Kansans to plan ahead and dress appropriately for bitterly cold weather and to know the warning signs of hypothermia.

“Weather conditions in Kansas can change quickly, so it’s important to have warm clothing, and extra layers ready, and if you have to stay outside on bitterly cold days, make plans to get inside to warm up on a regular basis,” said Dr. Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “Taking regular breaks from working outdoors in the cold can also help prevent injuries.”

For a complete list of items for a home or car emergency kit, go to Additional information on preparing for winter weather is available from FEMA at, the American Red Cross at, or your county emergency management office.

More information about staying safe in winter weather is also available at

November revenue receipts $3.1 million more than estimates

By Kansas Department of Revenue
November 26, 2014

November revenue receipts on Wednesday were $3.1 million more than estimates.

Corporate income tax receipts continued a growing trend at $1 million more than estimates and are currently 34 percent higher, or $35 million, for fiscal year 2015 than collections for fiscal year 2014 in November.

Withholding taxes, the individual income tax taken out per paycheck, is about 2 percent more than last year and individual income tax receipts were $3.8 million above expectations.

“This is good news, particularly coupled with the positive unemployment numbers that came out earlier this month,” said Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan

AG Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court will hear Kansas challenge to EPA regulation

By Kansas Attorney General
November 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge brought by Kansas and 20 other states against new federal regulations that would drive up costs to Kansas electricity ratepayers, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

“The EPA just flat ignored the cost of its new regulation,” Schmidt said.  “In the real world, where Kansas homeowners and businesses live, the cost of electricity is always a relevant part of making decisions. The EPA cannot possibly have concluded that the benefits of its new regulation outweigh the costs since it didn’t weigh the costs at all.  I’m encouraged that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the states’ arguments that the EPA’s actions were unlawful.”

In 2011, the EPA released a final maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule for electric utilities, known as the “Mercury and Air Toxics Standards” or “MATS.” The rule imposes stringent limits on certain emissions from power plants that will require the installation of costly new equipment. The emission limits in the final rule, along with the short deadlines for compliance, are expected to present significant challenges for owners and operators of existing coal- and oil-fired electric utility units and will present a barrier to the construction of new coal-fired generators.

The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The lower court decided in April, in a split decision, that EPA need not consider costs in determining whether to impose new regulations on electric utilities. On further appeal by 21 states, including Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the EPA unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining the appropriateness of these regulations.

“EPA excluded any consideration of costs when deciding whether it is ‘appropriate’ under the Clean Air Act to impose significant new regulations on electric utilities,” Schmidt said. “It is the view of the challenging states, and the D.C. Circuit’s dissenting judge, that it is unreasonable for EPA to exclude consideration of costs in determining whether it is ‘appropriate’ to impose massive and costly new regulations on electric utilities which, of course, will pass those costs through to ratepayers.”

The case is Michigan v. EPA. Oral arguments will be scheduled later this term with a decision expected by June.

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