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Brownback signs budget; claims success in 2015 session

There still may be a net tax reduction from the original baseline but the bill just passed is an unnecessary tax increase.

June 17, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

Gee, I thought you would accept the Kansas Department of Education as a respected organization. Dale Dennis confirmed that state aid is increasing.

May 28, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

Dale confirms that districts are getting more money than last year. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

May 28, 2015 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

I do understand why businesses and agencies need some degree of reserves. I am an accountant who has also managed companies and understand the realities of how school districts got by quite well in prior years with far lower reserves. For example, there is no evidence of USD 497 saying they lacked sufficient reserves when they had $5 million in 2005...or $6 million in 2006...or $9 million in 2007...or $12 million in 2008...or $23 million in 2009.

May 28, 2015 at 12:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

I am simply telling the truth. Mr. Doll is not providing your explanation; he wants people to believe that aid is being reduced to gain sympathy.

Parents and teachers should also know that USD 497 has a large increase in operating cash reserves between 2005 and 2014...going from $5 million to $35 million. Why is the school board proposing cuts when they have so much unspent aid in the bank? http://www.kansasopengov.org/SchoolDi...

May 28, 2015 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

Mr. Doll continues to misrepresent the facts. According to KSDE, state aid to USD 497 under the block grants will increase by 4.7% over three years. That may not be as much as he would like but state aid is increasing, not decreasing. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

May 28, 2015 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor signs bill overhauling civil service system

Actually, Governing magazine says they didn't include all government employment in the report. "The following table shows, for select job classification types, the number of full-time equivalent state and local government workers per 10,000 residents in 2012. Data for other smaller functions of government are not shown."

I added up the job categories they list; the total is 300 which is very close to their total of non-educational employees of 294...probably rounding. Governing uses the same sources as KPI; the difference is that we count all employees. http://www2.census.gov/govs/apes/12st...

192,890 fulltime equivalent state and local government employees translates to 668.5 employees per 10,000 residents for 2012. Kansas has 22% more state government employees on that basis and 32% more local government employees.

May 15, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor signs bill overhauling civil service system

First, income taxes were reduced on everyone, not just the wealthy. KPI has opposed sales tax and other tax increases because Kansas has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Tax revenue is still ahead of the ten-year inflation trend and the gap is expected to widen in the next two years.

Second, we did not make the kind of promises or predictions you cite. We told the Legislature that they would have to reduce the cost of government from the very beginning.

May 15, 2015 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor signs bill overhauling civil service system

Layoffs aren't necessary. Gradual reductions can occur naturally through attrition and retirement.

May 15, 2015 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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