Thursday, February 20, 2020

Janus legislation allows public employees to leave unions at any time

The Kansas Legislature is considering bills that will bring the rights of public employees in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  Senate Bill 361 and House Bill 2586 give public employees the ability...

City of Frontenac violated Kansas Open Records Act, AG’s office finds

In a 17-page finding, the Kansas Attorney General's Office last week concluded that the City of Frontenac violated the Kansas Open Records Act when it attempted to charge KOAM TV -- and several other...

KPI releases annual “A-F” school grades

The Kansas Policy Institute, which owns the Sentinel, released its annual "A-F" School Grades on Monday, and the results are not good. According to KPI President James Franko, the majority of the 1,275 public schools in...

Senate bill would allow Kansas counties to levy 1 percent income tax

A bill currently introduced in the Kansas Senate in the name of "equity" would allow counties across the state of Kansas to charge a local income tax to anyone who works in the county. Currently,...

Blue Valley school district has Democrat candidate speak to students

Students in the Blue Valley school district Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program attended an event on voting that included campaigning for a Democrat candidate for the Kansas Senate, but the Republican running...

Proposal to raise income tax rates costs $100 million over 3 years

Yes, that headline is correct.  A tax bill touted as revenue-neutral by its sponsors would actually result in a net loss to the state of more than $100 million over three years.  It would...

KS Dept. of Revenue shrouds Derby STAR bond project in secrecy

The Sentinel has been requesting sales tax data from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) to determine the effectiveness of the Derby STAR bond project for several months.  Some information has been provided but...

Kansas water rights controlled by an unelected state employee

Unbeknownst to many, Kansas water rights are controlled by one unelected employee of the state Department of Agriculture. That person -- David Barfield, hired by the secretary of agriculture -- is the soon-to-retire chief engineer...

Wichita baseball stadium project has $101 million public funding

New information obtained by the Sentinel from the City of Wichita shows an estimated $101.4 million of public funds will be spent on the $210 million baseball stadium project, which the City now says...

Proposed plastic bag ban may have net negative environmental impact

Now that Wichita's new mayor and city council voted unanimously to create a task force to consider banning the use of single-use plastic bags, residents should consider the ban's potential net negative impact.  A...