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IllTeachYou (Jeff Plinsky)

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Lawrence would lose $1.7 million from school finance changes

Note the absence of any comment from Mr. Trabert on the loss of $1.7 million to USD 497.

Note the absence of any comment from Mr. Trabert on the necessity of increasing local property taxes so that the loss is reduced to only $300,000.

Note the hypocrisy of creating educational funding equality by taking dollars away from Lawrence, while simultaneously complaining other places about how progressive tax structures redistribute income from the wealthy to the poor.

Note the extensive history of KPI's efforts to starve public education, a system that has worked well in Kansas.

Note the KPI willingness to recommend policies that force the state to spend tax dollars fighting legal battles.

Note the KPI unwillingness to recommend policies that spend tax dollars on children, the impoverished, citizens with disabilities, the elderly, health care, or programs to improve the general quality of life in Kansas.

Mr. Trabert, your ideas are damaging the state I love. Please stop pretending that KPI is anything other than a mouthpiece for corporate entities that want to create an environment favorable for their success, at the expense of others if necessary.

April 15, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Education Commissioner DeBacker resigns

Things are so bad in Kansas education that women are leaving for jobs in the middle east? Thanks Kansas Legislature!

April 9, 2014 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate approves bill expanding no-call law

This might just be the most valuable law to come out of Topeka in years. I'm betting the House can screw it up.

February 20, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Eudora student named National Merit finalist

Congrats, Kennedy!!!!

February 13, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local leaders optimistic that Indian tribe doesn't have plans for Lawrence casino

It is only a good thing for Lawrence if it would bring the right kind of jobs. More minimum wage jobs won't help this community in the long term. They would only cause more of our townsfolk to struggle to make ends meet. If, however, it would provide lots of jobs at a living wage, it would be worth considering.

It sounds like the Delaware Tribe want to be responsible neighbors and members of the community. We need welcome that opportunity if it is indeed what they say it is. But the proof is in the business plan....

November 6, 2013 at 12:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How has the smoking ban affected your going-out habits?

My son is asthmatic. The smoking ban means we can go out to eat and not have to worry about him having breathing trouble. If people still smoked in restaurants, we'd eat at home a lot more.

January 25, 2013 at 9:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teachers, district reach tentative deal on pay

Wilbur, repeat after me..."the tax dollars are already collected, the negotiation was over how to spend them. Spending them on teacher salaries means that teachers (who are also tax payers) will spend that money at local businesses (like your own). If teacher salaries had gone unchanged, the money would likely have been left in the school district's reserve account, and not injected into the Lawrence economy." Keep repeating this until you remember it. There will be a test . . . .

July 28, 2012 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers, district at stalemate in salary negotiations

Um...the union negotiated and agreed to the one time payment last year. There is enough money in next year's budget, and apparently in the out years, that teachers are asking for the same money to be made permanent.

If your boss offered you $1000 bonus instead of a $1000 raise, would you see a difference? Wouldn't you rather have the raise if the money is there to fund it? Would you have the nerve to ask for it, assuming you had worked hard, done your job, and met and exceeded the standards of practice set forth by whomever oversees/supervises your job/field? So why does the public insist on vilifying teachers for doing precisely this?

July 12, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers, district at stalemate in salary negotiations

To add to ksrichard's reply, teachers in Lawrence are on contract for 186 days, which changes the math a bit. Makes it $0.91 per kid/per hour. My classes are closer to 25, so I make about $1.09 per kid/per hour.

July 12, 2012 at 1:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Former legislators, all Republicans, criticize Brownback-endorsed tax cuts

Different eras, different contexts. When the state was bringing in enough money to cover basic services, tax cuts made sense. But only if the statehouse is willing to raise taxes when needed to maintain services. The real problem with both both political extremes is that they refuse to believe when situations change, that solutions to problems also change.

When a patient suffers from heart problems, blood thinners can be a life-saving solution. But when that same patient starts bleeding to death, blood thinners will not help. Similarly, when there is low unemployment, cutting taxes and government services, and laying off government workers can stimulate the economy. When there is high unemployment, cutting services and laying off workers just further stagnates the economy. This is where government spending on infrastructure and education puts people back to work in the short term, and builds a foundation for more long term growth.

May 1, 2012 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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