KU7679 (Gary Denning)


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Brownback vetoes bill that would reverse tax cuts he championed

I'm sure this veto will preserve Governor Brownback's legacy-- of being a totally ineffective leader.

February 22, 2017 at 9:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Despite another string of absences, school board member says she is committed to serving

The authority of a school board derives from State Statute, not by-laws. Public officials are subject to ouster upon the commission of certain kinds of wrongdoing. Doing a really poor job and having poor attendance does not appear to be among the reasons for ouster without really stretching the meaning of the language in the ouster statute.

That said, I was on the School Board in Salina for 12 years and missed maybe 5-6 total meetings during that time. Nobody on our board, over those years missed more than 3-4 meetings per year. And if she doesn't have time to attend meetings, how does she have time to do all the reading and preparation work required to be an EFFECTIVE board member. Seems to me she could save her reputation and do a big favor to her fellow board members by gracefully resigning her position so the Board could appoint someone to act in her place for the next year.

January 27, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Amid budget woes, Kansas proposes ending monthly tax reports

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. . . .

October 5, 2016 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP conservatives take losses in Kansas Legislature

Tom Arpke losing in Salina is good news for KU and higher ed (well, ALL public education, really). He was really a thorn in the side of KU for the last few years, which was really hard to understand. The guy hasn't had an rj for the last several years, yet he was constantly wanting to substitute his judgment for the Board of Regents, KU Administration, and public school supes.

August 3, 2016 at 2:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State senators introduce bill in attempt to permanently exempt universities from concealed carry law

I don't know why everyone is so upset about this law. A few thousand college boys with guns. What could go wrong?

January 27, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas waitress’ message to Brownback goes viral

Actually both numbers are inaccurate. Yes, the base aid per pupil is $3,800. But that is multiplied by various factors such as low economic status, non- English speakers and the like. And then, almost 100% of the districts have an LOB which adds a large percentage to the State Aid. But only by taking an extremely simplistic (and inaccurate) view of school finance can you come up with a $13,000 figure.

And to answer some of the folks who claim Brownback increased funding for education, that is inaccurate as well. The last big increase to education funding was really just a transfer of the teachers' KPERS funding to the education funding category when it was previously called something else. And, of course, Brownback rescinded the extra funding allocated to help out the historically underfunded KPERS situation.

May 4, 2015 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor announces cuts to public schools, higher ed

Hyundai overstated the gas mileage on a few of their cars and they are now paying $360 million to their customers. Brownback overstated the condition of our economy and now our children are going to pay.

February 5, 2015 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cutting of Saline County jobs ignites feud

A lawsuit was filed yesterday by Bruce Wyatt, former State School Board member. He was granted a temporary restraining order that allows the employees to keep their jobs. By the time of the next hearing, new County Commissioners will be in place and will likely reverse the decision of the current commissioners.

January 3, 2015 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cutting of Saline County jobs ignites feud

This is merely the latest in a long line of bone-headed decisions and gaffs by the Saline County Commissions. Several months ago, one of the commissioners dropped the n word (actually said "n-rigged") in relation to some project needing to be done. They also voted to prohibit the local health department from distributing IUDs on religious grounds. They hired a director for the health department who had been fired from that department for sexual harassment. There are more examples but I don't want to write a novel here.

One of the guys on the commission can barely read.

They are worst examples of local governance that I can conceive of, and all three of them who are currently sitting need to be removed asap.

January 2, 2015 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback announces $280 million in allotment cuts to fill budget shortfall

Let's not forget that GSB took credit for properly funding KPERS. That was the one thing in his campaign that I actually believed. I'd like to know how this will affect current and former state employees, and whether this will affect our bond rating. I'd understood that the reason it was necessary to fund KPERS was because the companies rating Kansas' credit worthiness were not happy about our under-funded KPERS obligations.

December 9, 2014 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )