Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Kansas legislators, governors ignore state law so they can spend more

Remember the promises about fiscal responsibility and upholding the rule of law from people running for state office over the years? Some of those promise-makers apparently didn't mean it. State statute, K.S.A. 75-3721, says the...

City of Wichita ignores transparency request on baseball stadium

More than two month after writing a letter to Wichita officials asking for information about the city's $75 million plan to build a baseball stadium, Debra Miller Stevens' request is still being ignored.  She...

Kelly vetoes tax bill, reporters act like her deputies

Instead of asking hard questions about obviously misleading statements in Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of HB 2033, reporters across Kansas acted as though they were her deputies pushing a message. House bill 2033 was a...

Senator Denning, House moderates disagree over Medicaid interim committee

The makeup of a Medicaid interim committee that will be tasked with writing expansion legislation is causing a rift between moderate House Republicans and Senate leadership. Rep. Don Hineman, a Dighton Republican, says Senate...

Advocates admit Medicaid expansion won’t save rural hospitals

Pressed to consider the facts with emotion removed, even some strong advocates admit Medicaid expansion won't save rural hospitals.  And that includes expansion's leading advocate - Governor Laura Kelly. Gov. Laura Kelly recently told a...

Media bias – shaping news to fit an agenda

Media bias takes many forms, as demonstrated in a recent story that ran in the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle.  The headline - "‘A bitter pill to swallow’: Kansas lawmakers drop child welfare...

School district lawyers say $1 billion isn’t enough to resolve Gannon suit

Legislators just increased school funding another $90 million per year, bringing the total being phased in through the 2023 school year to a little over $1 billion in new state aid, but school lawyers...

Kansas budget to jump 9 percent next year

Legislators just increased the Kansas budget by almost 9 percent next year but you wouldn't know it from reading mainstream media reports.  The conference committee report prepared by Kansas Legislative Research shows general fund...

Rationale of government incentives

Incentives, also known as taxpayer-funded subsidies, are the predominant methods used by government and elected officials to encourage economic development.  Government says they are very successful, yet Kansas is mired in its fourth consecutive...

KC Star political agenda drives coverage of Senator Jim Denning

The Kansas City Star's recent coverage of State Senator Jim Denning seems driven less by facts than a dual political agenda of expanding Medicaid and seeing Denning replaced by a progressive Democrat. As part of...