Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gov. Kelly misleads on employee insurance premiums, media play along

The Topeka Capital-Journal ran a news story about Gov. Laura Kelly’s claim that state employees' had been 'bearing the brunt' of rising health insurance premiums due to 'mismanagement' by the Brownback administration, but a little...

City slates private land for stadium parking

The City of Wichita is planning to develop private land for parking and other use that is not currently owned by a developer. The latest draft of the Ballpark Village Master Plan examines the...

City-subsidized project creates parking nightmare for Delano businesses

The city of Wichita is spending $75 million on a new baseball stadium to replace Lawrence Dumont and subsidize an adjacent for-profit development, and that’s creating serious parking problems for other local businesses in...

With little oversight, Commerce approves STAR bonds for competing developments

The Kansas Department of Commerce last week preliminarily approved the use of STAR bonds to finance two Johnson County projects that are likely to compete with each other. The Mentum project in Olathe would...

Record-setting Sedgwick County overtime has long-term ramifications

Sedgwick County set a new overtime payment record last year $6.9 million, which is 16% more than spent in 2017.  Much of the overtime goes to police, fire and jail personnel. A detention deputy...

Former budget director retires; Media glosses over his failed record

Is media allowing Interim Secretary of Administration Duane Goossen to retire with limited fanfare to avoid exposing the damage done to Kansas's budget under his tutelage? Gov. Laura Kelly formally nominated DeAngela Burns-Wallace to replace...

Reduced hours at Spirit highlights need for diversification

Many employees at Spirit AeroSystems are being reduced to a 32-hour work week in order to cope with the fallout from the Boeing 737 Max issues according to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees...

Transparency on teacher success rates could produce more effective teachers

Not all teaching programs are created equal and the lack of transparency on the preparedness of future teachers attending university in Kansas could prevent teaching candidates from selecting a program that is best for...
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Media selective reporting could set up your next tax increase

When was the last time you saw a Kansas newspaper or TV station publish bad news about economic conditions in the state? When clamoring for tax increases during the Brownback years, media almost joyously...

Lax enforcement aids in escalation of protests at Capitol building, Senator says

Acts of civil disobedience in the Kansas Capitol escalated throughout the session and according to one state Senator, Capitol Police encouraged more illegal protests by failing to uphold the law. Medicaid expansion supporters first deployed...