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New numbers will likely mean reductions to city manager's recommended budget

The degree to which cities increased property taxes are choices made by city officials. Taxes collected by cities are spent solely by cities...no city or county property tax goes to the state.

June 13, 2018 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New numbers will likely mean reductions to city manager's recommended budget

City of Lawrence payroll for 2017...provided through an Open Records request...is here http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

June 13, 2018 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New numbers will likely mean reductions to city manager's recommended budget

Data from the Kansas Department of Revenue, Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics (inflation) shows property tax revenue in Lawrence increased 247 percent since 1997, while inflation plus population was just 74 percent. http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

June 13, 2018 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at how local teacher salaries compare to area districts; Lawrence is catching up

The salaries in this story appear to be the starting pay for new teachers. Actual pay for many school districts, including Lawrence, Topeka and the big Johnson County districts, can be seen here http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

June 11, 2018 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU begins budget streamlining by consolidating some high-ranking financial positions

The payroll data cited according to KanView differs slightly from the amounts provided to KPI in an Open Records Request. KanView appears to only provide pay rates but we request total pay, which can includes bonuses and other stipends (but not benefits). Mike Rounds make $222,996 according to the Open Records request, whereas KanView lists him at $197,961.

The Open Records request shows the other two people made slightly less than reported here; Goddard was paid $284,350 and Julian received $243,776.

Complete results of the Open Records request is here http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

June 5, 2018 at 5:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court justices express doubt about school funding hike

The tax burden is already worse than in 2012. Marginal income tax rates are a bit lower but that's more than offset by higher sales tax, cigarette tax and putting thousands of the lowest earners on the tax rolls who were exempt under the Brownback plan.

May 22, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chancellor Girod fires KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, citing lack of progress and necessary change in leadership

FYI, the complete state payroll including universities is at http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data... Pay from privately-raised funds is not included

May 21, 2018 at 5:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Administrative salaries jumped by 42 percent in a single year at Kansas Athletics; KU salaries top K-State's

Actually, tuition is mainly increasing because of university spending. It would be understandable to see about a 65 percent tuition increase since 2003 in order to keep up with inflation and offset relatively flat state funding, but this story I wrote about a year shows KU increased tuition and fees by 268 percent. https://kansaspolicy.org/media-ignore...

May 14, 2018 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Administrative salaries jumped by 42 percent in a single year at Kansas Athletics; KU salaries top K-State's

Athletic staff paid with privately raised funds aren't included, but here's the complete list of 2017 compensation paid to state employees. The report can be segmented by university. http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

The Kansas Turnpike Authority payroll is also available here http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

May 13, 2018 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: We must end incessant school litigation

In 1994 (USD 229 v. State of Kansas), the Kansas Supreme Court said the constitution did not permit it to set funding levels. The Constitution has not changed since 1994 but the current group of justices believes it is allowed to order the appropriation of money under threat of closing schools, even though the Constitution says only the Legislature may appropriate and state law prohibits courts from closing schools.

May 9, 2018 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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