Friday, January 17, 2020

Tax increases on the table in Wichita riverfront design unveiling

After months of 'no comment' from city officials and downtown boosters, a sales tax increase in officially on the table to pay for the Wichita riverfront development along the east bank of the Arkansas...

Kansas utility rates include bogus state income tax cost

Not only are Kansans paying higher utility rates -- as much as 35% higher than some surrounding states -- but they are also reimbursing utility companies for a state income tax they do not...

Kansans pay 25% higher electric rates than neighboring states

A recently released audit of the electric rates Kansans pay concluded that Kansans pay anywhere from 22 to 25 percent more than surrounding states -- in part due to higher taxes -- yet said...

Olathe teacher seminar loaded with political bias

Several teachers walked out of an in-service presentation on finding reliable news sources when the presenter said Fox News should only be referred to as “Fox entertainment.” The presenter was an Olathe school district...

Voters oppose tax increase for Wichita riverfront development

A new survey shows voters oppose a tax increase to pay for the Wichita riverfront development project being pushed by downtown business and elected officials.  Perhaps even more intriguing, voters also don't think the...

Kansas private-sector GDP growth ranked #45

The tax-and-spend ways of the Kansas legislature over the last three years has been a serious drag on private-sector GDP growth over the last three years.  Real (inflation-adjusted) GDP data released last week by...

Kansas GOP leaders react to Medicaid expansion agreement

Over the weekend more Kansas politicians and stakeholders chimed in on the Medicaid expansion agreement announced last week in Topeka between Governor Laura Kelly and Senate Majority leader Jim Denning (R-Overland Park.) A joint statement...

Spirit Aerosystems lays off 2,800 workers in Wichita

Spirit Aerosystems announced layoffs of 2,800 employees at the company's Wichita location. The layoffs are the impact of Boeing's suspension of production of the 737 MAX. According to Spirit AeroSystems, work on 737 MAX...

Gov. Laura Kelly out of touch with average Kansan on budget issues

In a press release just before the first of the year, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said she’s going to “rebuild” Kansas and “reinvest” in various programs. In political-speak, 'rebuild and reinvest' is code for “spend...

Kelly-Denning Medicaid expansion plan defies voters

Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning held a press conference in the Capitol rotunda to announce what they described as a compromise Medicaid expansion plan. However, when the Sentinel asked...