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School finance case to have political consequences, experts say

It was not a district court trial last year; it was a special three-judge panel.

A special three-judge panel that was ruling on the case based on specific guidelines set forth by the legislature. A special three-judge panel that did not receive the case until the legislature was given the opportunity to review the grievances and respond, which is a legal procedure unique to school finance..

The entire process is unique to school finance, set up specifically by the legislature to specifically avoid further legal action and influence by "activist" judges. The idea was that if the legislature was so lax in following its own actions in 2006, then the courts would be 100% within their rights to step in and in fact would have no other choice.

The plaintiffs and the courts are merely following the guidance of the legislature.

October 7, 2013 at 11:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance case to have political consequences, experts say

The court is no longer in charge of school finance litigation, the legislature is.

As part of the legislature resolving the 2005/06 crisis, the legislature put into place a special system of legal appeals to ensure that control over school finance was clearly with the legislature, not the courts.

It is a unique legal system that is currently being followed by the plaintiffs.

So if legislators and the Governor are upset with the outcome, they should direct their ire toward the previous legislature and Governor, not the courts.

October 7, 2013 at 7:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Professor getting death threats over NRA tweet, colleagues support his free-speech rights

Earlier this year, Sen. Greg Smith criticized the budget he supported for underfunding the Department of Corrections and promised to do all he could to increase funding for Corrections.

Apparently he thinks Margie Phelps, who has rejoiced in the death of Americans, encouraged people to pray for the death of US soldiers, and advocated for the death penalty for gay men and women, doesn't have enough funding. Greg Smith has no concerns about funding for Corrections and their Director of Re-Entry Margie Phelps.

Clearly, this is because Sen. Greg Smith agrees with the Phelps family and Westboro Baptist Church.

September 24, 2013 at 7:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

The Director of Re-entry Services at the Kansas Department of Corrections is Margie Phelps

Yes, it is that Margie Phelps.

Among the many other vile things Margie Phelps has said, she has advocated for the death penalty for gay men and women. She has wished physical harm on other people.

When will our brave state legislators refuse to fund the Kansas Department of Corrections?

September 21, 2013 at 7:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: U.S. universities facing new enrollment challenges

"Or are the majority of incoming students trying to skirt such subjects, opting for softer, easier courses that may increase their chances of a higher grade-point average?"

Only the Journalism majors can get away with that.

September 7, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback's former budget director, Anderson, will work on state fiscal policy with KPI

C'mon Trabert, you hired the guy for that study, and now you've hired him again.

Why not, Trabert? Was the money not actually there? Are you really going to argue process? He's the budget director, yet never once did he say, "Hey, guys, there's like $2 billion just sitting around that we should be spending so hey, let's spend it."

Well, he did make a $2 billion balancing error that you're trying to pawn off on somebody else. Just like you're trying to pawn off this question on the legislature. Where's the buck stop, Trabert?

September 6, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback's former budget director, Anderson, will work on state fiscal policy with KPI

Hey Trabert -- before he was budget director, Steve Anderson was paid by you to "prove" the state was sitting on almost $2 billion that should be being spent and circulated in the economy.

How come he never spent that money, Trabert?

From Dave Trabert's group:

Steve Anderson, a certified public accountant and author of the analysis, includes several examples of agency-fund growth. He cites the Board of Accountancy because it's typical of many fee-funded agencies. "The board's unencumbered fund balances from 2006 thru 2009, which include the current economic decline, reveals a 38 percent increase. Clearly, any fee that exceeds the cost of providing the service is simply a backdoor tax, which in this case is imposed on CPAs and their clients. The nearly half million dollars that sit in the coffers of the Accountancy Board represent monies that could be circulating through the economy."

September 6, 2013 at 8:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback's former budget director, Anderson, will work on state fiscal policy with KPI

Absolutely and categorically false.

Even Steve Anderson admitted it was his own mistake. Grow up, Trabert.

September 6, 2013 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Task force report focuses on increasing marriage, reducing out-of-wedlock births

"Though government at the state and federal level continues to pour money into anti-poverty programs, poverty rates continue to grow, "

This is true if you only go back 10 years.

It is false if you go back 40 years to the beginning of the programs being chided.

In other words, it is false.

September 6, 2013 at 6:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Attacks on nominee not warranted

The current lawsuit, the legislature in 2005 and 2006 enacted legislation to 1) make it clear they would not be subject to litigation again and 2) set up a multi-step process to make it very difficult for litigation to succeed. The goal was for the state to never face litigation again, as put into law by the legislature.

Perhaps in 2005 there was an argument that the courts were dictating school finance. The 2005 special session and the 2006 regular session put in place new rules so that would never be the case again.

And it is not the case now. The current lawsuit operates under these new rules. The legislature has declared in 2005 and 2006 "If we fail to provide K-12 funding, we deserve to be sued." And so they were, as they set forth in legislation.

It is not the courts declaring K-12 funding inadequate, it is the Kansas Legislature.

September 5, 2013 at 7:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )