June 23, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Author: Dave Trabert

Is Barbara Bollier dishonest about school funding or misinformed?

A Sunflower State Journal report about former state senator Barbara Bollier chairing a new political action committee included a wildly…

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Pay increases, 9% property tax hike in Manhattan

Data from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows the City of Manhattan raised property tax by 9% last year, and…

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Big pay hikes at KCK Board of Public Utilities

Big utility bills paid by customers of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Public Utilities helped fund some hefty pay…

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2020 state payroll listing includes K-State coaches

In a break from past practice, the 2020 state payroll listing includes some highly paid coaches at Kansas State University. …

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Louisburg school board dismissively rejects parents’ concerns

The Louisburg school board says it is committed to honesty and integrity and developing awareness, but their handling of complaints…

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KDOR won’t substantiate claims in effort to defeat tax relief

The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) sent a memo to a few legislative leaders in a thinly-veiled effort to give…

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Blue Valley board to students and parents: No soup for you!

While watching the Blue Valley school board’s April 8 meeting to rule on parents’ requests for COVID mask accommodations for…

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Blue Valley district deprives parents of due process rights

The Blue Valley school district in Johnson County deprived two parents of their due process rights on Tuesday when the…

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2020 payroll for city, county staff in Douglas, Shawnee counties

The 2020 payroll listings posted to KansasOpenGov.org for Topeka, Lawrence, Shawnee County, and Douglas County show some unusual compensation increases…

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Garden City, Finney County employee pay increases

The 2020 calendar year payroll listings posted to KansasOpenGov.org for Garden City and Finney County show some unusual compensation increases.…

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Stand Up Blue Valley: fund systems, not students

The Kansas House of Representatives just approved legislation to give academically challenged students a chance for a better education, and…

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Mask mandates had no impact on COVID case growth

When Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a new statewide mask mandate in November, 38 counties adopted it, 43 counties rejected…

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Wichita, Sedgwick County differ on employee pay increases

Pay increases given in 2020 to employees of the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County reflect a very different approach…

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Gov. Kelly makes false statements on K-12 funding

Taxpayers can add K-12 funding to the list of false and misleading claims by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Responding earlier…

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Wyandotte County officials won’t discuss 2020 pay increases

While many residents were struggling to pay bills last year, some of the highest-paid employees of the Unified Government of…

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Biden bailout (unconstitutionally) prohibits state tax cuts or rebates

Buried on page 579 of the $1.9 trillion so-called stimulus bill is a provision that prohibits state tax cuts between…

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Eye-opening 2020 pay increases for some JoCo employees

The COVID pandemic was tough on everyone, but the 2020 pay increases for some Johnson County government workers were pretty…

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Johnson Co. helps school districts mislead on quarantine letters

When a Johnson county student is thought to be exposed to someone with COVID, parents get quarantine letters from the…

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Hineman, Goossen make false claims about 2012 Kansas tax plan

People across the nation who are opposed to letting citizens keep more of their hard-earned money have repeatedly pointed to…

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How some government officials circumvent Open Records requests

The Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) declares, “It is the public policy of Kansas that public records shall be open…

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State Treasurer Lynn Rogers deceives taxpayers on ESA programs

State Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Wichita Democrat, recently took a hard stance against legislation that would expand educational opportunities for…

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Parents frustrated by USD 437 officials in Black Lives Matter issue

The controversy over Black Lives Matter posters throughout the halls of Washburn Rural High School in the USD 437 Auburn…

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KASB, USD 231 mislead on education savings accounts

The USD 231 Gardner Edgerton school district is helping the Kansas Association of School Boards distribute misleading information in opposition…

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KBOE President Jim Porter deceives on student achievement (again)

State Board of Education President Jim Porter made a conscious attempt to deceive members of the House K-12 Budget Committee…

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