Friday, August 23, 2019

School funding facts fudged in USD 497 Lawrence

The USD 497 Lawrence school district is dramatically under-reporting budget numbers to the public, it appears, and the local paper reports the misleading budget numbers as fact. The Lawrence Journal-World reports in a July 21...

Sedgwick county budget predicts large increase in property tax, personnel costs

With inflation holding steady below 2% annually, Sedgwick County’s proposed 2020 budget predicts an 18% property tax increase over the next five years (2019-2024) and a 20% jump in personnel and benefits.  The property tax...

Gov. Kelly orders tax increase on remote sellers

For the third time in a matter of weeks, Gov. Laura Kelly has attempted to usurp the authority of the Legislature using executive action. The Tax Foundation today reports the Kelly administration issued a directive...

Johnson County execs ‘puzzled’ about sales tax decline, but keep spending more

Sales tax revenues are down, and Johnson County officials are waiting for the courts to determine the fate of several big-box retailer’s tax appeals. But instead of looking for ways to control spending, they...

Newton school bond: understated costs, unanswered questions

A recent public meeting about the proposed Newton school bond issue left residents with several unanswered questions, including how student achievement would be impacted, the necessity of the spending proposals, and the real cost...

KASB lays groundwork for more school funding

The Kansas Association of School Board’s advocacy director Mark Tallman is laying the groundwork for seeking more school funding from the state legislature, despite an injection of $1 billion in new K-12 spending over...

Record 18 legislators score above 90% on 2019 Kansas Freedom Index

Eighteen Kansas House and Senate members scored better than 90% on the 2019 Kansas Freedom Index, besting the previous high of ten legislators in 2016. The annual index measures legislators’ commitment to educational and economic...

Kansas senator calls for change in judicial selection

Prompted by the announced retirement of two Kansas Supreme Court justices, Senator Ty Masterson is calling for a change in the judicial selection process. Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss today announced he would retire...

Listening tour pushes government solutions to Anderson County challenges

GARNETT, Kan. -- Suggestions of more government spending topped the menu at a rural prosperity listening tour stop hosted by Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers in Anderson County. Monday’s stop marked the seventh in a...

City council members refuse to answer questions on $75 million Wichita baseball stadium

Following news of a professional baseball team failing in Kansas City, Kansas and owing at least $550,000 to local government, The Sentinel asked City Council members some questions about the viability of their planned...