Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Johnson County violates state law on ‘dark store’ claims

A September 2019 ruling from the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) admonished the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office for illegally hiking appraised values on Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.  The panel said, “…the County...

Kiplinger: Kansas is the 3rd worst state for retiree taxes

Kansas is the third-worst state to retire from a tax perspective, according to Kiplinger’s, a personal finance magazine. Only Nebraska and Connecticut are worse. “While there’s no place like home, maybe Dorothy should think about...

McClatchy newspapers may run out of cash in 2020

The parent company of the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle may not have enough money to pay its bills come 2020. In a press release, McClatchy, the parent company of both papers,...

Lawmakers face call to grow government with higher tax revenue

The group that creates budget estimates for the state of Kansas revised its tax revenue numbers last week, estimating the state will collect $525.5 million more than previously estimated over the next two years....

City of Wichita prompts closing of Sedgwick County Soccer Association

The Sedgwick County Soccer Association has closed after decades of league play in Wichita, according to a message sent to The Sentinel. The Sedgwick County Soccer Association closing seems to result from the City...

Kansas Justice Institute scores first win for free speech in Kansas

Kansas raw milk farmers can now advertise their products with more than just a sign on their farms, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Kansas Justice Institute on behalf of Mark and Coraleen...

Disinformation targets Julia Lynn, other female GOP senators

Parts 1 and 2 of this investigative series disputed the Topeka Capital-Journal's misleading conflict of interest allegations against Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe) and also refuted subsequent media pile-on efforts.  This installment examines possible motivations...

Manhattan voters reject sales tax hike

Despite a ‘smoke and mirrors’ campaign on the other side, Manhattan voters sent a loud message to city hall on increasing taxes. On Tuesday, Little Apple voters shot down a proposal to increase the...

Media carries water for faux conflict of interest claims against Republican Senator

So far, not one newspaper or television station in Kansas fact-checked the Topeka Capital-Journal's conflict of interest allegations against Republican State Senator Julia Lynn, but had they done so, they would have found a...

Audio disputes Cap-Journal claims about Senator Lynn

The Topeka Capital-Journal recently made conflict-of-interest allegations against Kansas Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe) centered largely on Lynn’s vote against a proposed audit of actions by former Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. The paper frames Senator Lynn...