Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wichita city council approves vague land bank, rezoning plan

Despite multiple objections from residents and a number of unanswered questions, Wichita city council unanimously voted today to adopt an urban infill plan.  According to the National League of Cities (NLC), urban infill is...

Government fees create major barrier for industrial hemp farmers

Legislators worked hard to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp but license fees imposed by the Kansas Department of Agriculture are a significant barrier to the potentially lucrative cash crop. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed...

Blue Valley teachers vote to abandon the KNEA

Teachers in the Blue Valley school district left the Kansas National Educators Association (KNEA) last May and they overwhelmingly rejected KNEA in an election held last week by the Kansas Department of Labor. Their departure...

Population declining in many Kansas cities, media turns a blind eye

Much of rural Kansas has been losing population for many years and now many cities are beginning to lose people. But you wouldn’t know it from most media reports. 2018 city population estimates from the...

Churn and Burn: Incentives and the Wichita Economy

At a recent Wichita City Council meeting members grappled with what to with the WaterWalk development. The old Gander Mountain building was sitting empty and a company wanted to move in, but the ground...

Legislators to attempt override of Kelly vetoes on final day

Kansas Majority Leader Dan Hawkins has spoken to every single Republican House member leading up to the legislature’s final day on May 29. “Every single one. There’s been a concerted effort to get them...

SFFF diverts $8.4 million from classrooms to pay lawyers

Kansas public school districts have paid more than $8.4 million in membership fees to Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF), an organization that is paying lawyers to sue the state for more funding. Most recently, Alan...

Kansas personal income growth among lowest in nation

Kansas personal income grew just 3.2% in 2018 while the nation as a whole grew 4.5% according to estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It was one of the lowest growth rates in...

Shawnee voters reject community center tax increase

Shawnee voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to raise property taxes to fund a $38 million community center. The mail-in election concluded today at noon. Of the 19,939 ballots cast, 14,380, or more than 72...

Wichita City Council approves King of Freight WaterWalk Lease

The Wichita City Council approved a ground lease agreement with King of Freight on the WaterWalk development on Tuesday in a 6 to 0 vote, making way for the freight service company to move...