Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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...

What is Kansas Department of Commerce hiding from public scrutiny?

Two requests filed by the Sentinel under the Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) with the Kansas Department of Commerce for studies related to the efficacy of state incentive programs and economic development have been...

Wichita approves sales tax increase and paying $3 million for a parking lot

A week after approving a 22% hike that customers will pay for a natural gas franchise tax,  For the second meeting in a row, the Wichita City Council approved a 27% sales tax increase...

Fort Scott discovers it doesn’t need a hospital

“This should not have happened,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in October 2018 after Fort Scott's Mercy Hospital closed. “Simply put: if Kansas had expanded Medicaid, Fort Scott would still have a hospital.” But that simply wasn't...

Kansas drops to #34 in state business tax climate

Kansas dropped seven places in the Tax Foundation annual state business tax climate index. Kansas is in 34th place nationwide, down from 27th place. The change puts Kansas well below regional neighbors. Missouri has...