Zacharias says commissioners may try to emulate conservative approach to state government at county level. Departed Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias told the Star’s Steve Rose last week that he believes the conservative members of the board of county commissioners will try to run Johnson County government in much the same way that conservative state officials have managed state agencies in recent years. That could include cuts to services or freezes in pay or benefits for county employees. [How one JoCo commissioner’s vote could change county government — and not for the better — Kansas City Star]
Republicans float idea of April statewide election on K-12 funding provision in state constitution. Republican leaders in the state legislature have been working with Secretary of State Kris Kobach to assess the feasibility of holding a special statewide election in April to gauge Kansans’ interest in altering the state constitution to weaken or remove language requiring lawmakers to provide suitable funding for the K-12 school system. [Kansas GOP making moves to prepare for April vote on K-12 constitutional amendment — Topeka Capital-Journal]
Overland Park firefighters quell New Year’s Eve duplex fire. Overland Park Fire Department crews found an engulfed duplex in the 9200 block of W. 75th Ter. after responding to a call Sunday afternoon. All residents of the three-story building were able to get out safely. Firefighters rescued a cat from the building. There were no injuries in the incident. Residents told firefighters they believe the blaze started in a vehicle in the driveway and spread to the building.