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In the last four years, the state has swept $1.3 billion in highway funds into the state general fund. That’s a trend that can’t continue without damaging the quality and safety of Kansas roads.
Kansas Department of Transportation officials seem to be downplaying highway concerns voiced last week by a nonpartisan think tank, but KDOT’s own figures paint a troubling picture of the impact of “sweeping” highway funds into the general fund to cover other state expenses.
If increased reporting spurs increased enforcement, a rise in reported crime might actually be a positive sign for KU.
Last year’s 26 percent increase in crime reports on the Kansas University campus isn’t necessarily bad news.
A former state budget director says the current budget crisis is worse than what the state faced in the Great Recession, and no one seems to know how that crisis will be addressed.
It’s hard to see how final negotiations on next year’s state budget are going to end well for the state.
The Lawrence chamber of commerce plans to revamp its strategy for recruiting new businesses while boosting efforts to support homegrown enterprises.
A shift in Lawrence’s business recruitment strategy and budget seems like a reasonable response to a changing economic development environment.
A blue-ribbon commission is one way city officials could spur the needed discussion on local police services and facilities.
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t be too quick to reject the idea of establishing a blue-ribbon commission to take a look at police operations and facilities.
New state regulations may have brought some earthquake relief to residents of two Kansas counties.
The scientific jury is still out on whether increased earthquake activity is linked to the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production in south-central Kansas, but many residents of Harper and Sumner counties have made up their minds.
An agreement to freeze tuition in exchange for flat state funding only means state universities in Kansas will continue to lose ground.
Kansas legislators say they are concerned about rising tuition at state universities but apparently not concerned enough to consider additional state funding to reduce the need for tuition increases.
A plan to waive certain teacher licensing requirements demands careful scrutiny by the state.
The Kansas State Board of Education is being rightfully cautious about approving a plan to allow some school districts to bypass teacher licensing regulations.
New restrictions on how low-income Kansans can spend public assistance money are less important than other provisions of the state’s new welfare reform law.
National commentators criticizing a new Kansas welfare reform law have focused mostly on what they consider to be mean-spirited and insulting restrictions on how public assistance money can be spent, but other provisions of this bill will have a far more significant impact on low-income Kansas families.
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t hesitate to ask for some help in hiring the next city manager.
Hiring a new city manager probably is the most important task currently facing the Lawrence City Commission.