Friday, May 24, 2019

SFFF diverts $8.4 million from classrooms to pay lawyers

Kansas public school districts have paid more than $8.4 million in membership fees to Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF), an organization that is paying lawyers to sue the state for more funding. Most recently, Alan...

Kansas personal income growth among lowest in nation

Kansas personal income grew just 3.2% in 2018 while the nation as a whole grew 4.5% according to estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It was one of the lowest growth rates in...

Shawnee voters reject community center tax increase

Shawnee voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to raise property taxes to fund a $38 million community center. The mail-in election concluded today at noon. Of the 19,939 ballots cast, 14,380, or more than 72...

Wichita City Council approves King of Freight WaterWalk Lease

The Wichita City Council approved a ground lease agreement with King of Freight on the WaterWalk development on Tuesday in a 6 to 0 vote, making way for the freight service company to move...

Kansas legislators, governors ignore state law so they can spend more

Remember the promises about fiscal responsibility and upholding the rule of law from people running for state office over the years? Some of those promise-makers apparently didn't mean it. State statute, K.S.A. 75-3721, says the...

City of Wichita ignores transparency request on baseball stadium

More than two month after writing a letter to Wichita officials asking for information about the city's $75 million plan to build a baseball stadium, Debra Miller Stevens' request is still being ignored.  She...

Kelly vetoes tax bill, reporters act like her deputies

Instead of asking hard questions about obviously misleading statements in Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of HB 2033, reporters across Kansas acted as though they were her deputies pushing a message. House bill 2033 was a...

Advocates admit Medicaid expansion won’t save rural hospitals

Pressed to consider the facts with emotion removed, even some strong advocates admit Medicaid expansion won't save rural hospitals.  And that includes expansion's leading advocate - Governor Laura Kelly. Gov. Laura Kelly recently told a...

Media bias – shaping news to fit an agenda

Media bias takes many forms, as demonstrated in a recent story that ran in the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle.  The headline - "‘A bitter pill to swallow’: Kansas lawmakers drop child welfare...

School district lawyers say $1 billion isn’t enough to resolve Gannon suit

Legislators just increased school funding another $90 million per year, bringing the total being phased in through the 2023 school year to a little over $1 billion in new state aid, but school lawyers...