Friday, August 23, 2019

Wichita is budgeting a $5.5 million property tax increase

The City of Wichita presented the 2020 city budget to City Council on Tuesday but didn’t mention that the budget includes a $5.5 million increase in property tax revenue. The presentation focused on the...

Kansas foster care challenges complicated by politics

The International Foster Care Organization defines foster care as “… a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents.” Neglect and abuse are the most egregious reasons...

Kansas new business decreases as nation grows

Kansas is the only state in the country with negative new business growth since President Trump took office, according to Bloomberg.  Data from the US Census Bureau highlights new business growth across the United...

T-Bones baseball team for sale, owes at least $550,000 to local government

One week ago the owner of the Kansas City T-Bones baseball team, Adam Elhert, announced he would sell the team to cover debts.  A letter of default on behalf of the unified government says the...

Cost of Emporia school bond proposal is understated

The Emporia school bond proposal being pushed by USD 253 is said to cost just $78 million and district officials emphasize it will only cost about three mills of property tax, but both of...

Hutchinson city manager proposes property tax increase

Property tax collections in Hutchinson jumped 112% between 1997 and 2018 – more than twice the combined rates of inflation and population – and city manager John Deardoff is proposing another property tax increase...

Onerous processes to sever union membership remain 1 year after ‘Janus’ decision

In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, many public union members may still find it’s difficult to leave a labor union in Kansas. The Court ruled last June that...

Wichita approves $100,000 for Century II study

The Wichita City Council in a 7-0 vote today approved spending $100,000 on a study called the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan, for recommendations on what should be done with Century II. The area included...

KS media ignores magnitude of state income tax increase

The magnitude of the state income tax increase caused by Governor Kelly’s veto of legislation to offset the effect of federal tax changes appears much greater than estimated.  Kansas tax revenue for the fiscal...

Judge tosses Denning defamation suit against Star

The Kansas City Star doesn’t have legal liability for printing claims that are “misleading” at best, according to a ruling by a Johnson County District Court judge yesterday. Judge Paul Gurney dismissed Kansas Senate Majority...