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Editorial: Taxing food

And as the cuts are installed, statewide spending decreases, unemployment claims go up, quality jobs are lost and the little swirl around the drain starts to pick up speed.

July 3, 2015 at 3:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Taxing food

In reality, hundreds of thousands of Kansans live adjacent to the Missouri border. With a .50-cent a pop tax increase on cigarettes, there will be ample motivation and opportunity (an average of $1 per pack savings) for people to buy cigarettes across the border. What will happen is that sales tax collection will be less than expected, the smoke and mirrors on tax immunities, transfers, etc. won't come to fruition and we'll be in the hole, almost from the get-go on revenues.

The bloodbath is coming. That's been the plan all along. Anything that the government does, outside of legislating morality, is viewed as bad. Kansas is getting exactly what it wished for.

Reminds me a bit of the short-sighted and childish voting for our own city commissioners this spring. Be careful of what you want......

July 3, 2015 at 3:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Taxing food

That is, of course, the dirty little secret. They didn't make the cut because they knew that they couldn't. And they won't be able to next year because the budget situation will continue to worsen.

July 3, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

If your straw man had a point, it might be that it doesn't understand the word hypocrisy.

Raising the minimum wage for people who cannot effectively live on the money earned in a 40-hour work week actually has nothing to do with increasing the pay rate of largely middle-class, public jobs (though I am in favor of both).

I'm glad to see that you support both increasing the minimum wage and increasing pay and benefits for local government workers. I'll mark you down as a yes for effective progressive economic policies. Just ask people in Minnesota and Wisconsin which policies work the best.

July 3, 2015 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

My research indicates that your research is both fictional and dishonest. It also shows that you know nothing about how to manage an effective government at any level, that you know nothing about how the economy works, and that pretty much everything you've posted has been either wrong, or an outright lie...or both.

I'll take my research vs. yours any day of the week. And be right.

July 3, 2015 at 12:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

And so...the sloppiness begins. Egged on by an anonymous commissioner, we are now syphoning off visitor money to water the plants downtown.

Here's where this is headed: "In a recent survey, 9 out of 10 visitors responded that they are in favor of fully operational stoplights...." so the city commission voted to use transient guest tax dollars to pay for stoplights.

If you don't have the discipline to lead or invest in your own community, please don't run for city commission. Because we will elect you!

July 3, 2015 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

It's interesting that I've never heard of a big Jewish outcry against lgbt rights. Just the zealots who like to pick and choose their passages.

July 2, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

To me, this is a really big point. The time and money wasted, plus the distraction that it causes by pitting people against each other. Even I get exhausted with trying to demonize Koch, Brownbackwards and Kobackwards.

They know that they will lose, they know that it will cost a lot of money, and yet they go forward. Soldiers of god, I suppose.

July 2, 2015 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home sales surge in May; new report shows local rental rates on dramatic rise; local incomes still lagging

The simplest and surest way to improve incomes in Lawrence is to employ a higher minimum wage. The best way to do that is through the formation of a city-wide union, subsidized by the City of Lawrence, with an executive director and staffing as needed.

A tiered minimum wage, which allows teens to be employed at apprentice-style wage levels, and a higher minimum wage of $10.10 for those 18 and older will drive our economy and provide more livable wages for workers.

If the state will not allow us to raise the wage, then we need to do it through city-sponsored activism. I envision a non-profit, funded by the city, with an expansive board of directors.

When these wages go up, spending will go up and our economy will thrive, laying the groundwork for more jobs, more investment in the city and better tax revenues.

And we need to take a hard look as to why a town like manhattan has a better average wage than us. That needs to stop immediately.

July 2, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas gun dealer to pay $132K to woman for selling weapon that felon used to kill her son

It's an important case and it sends an important message to gun hustler's in Kansas. Follow the one or two rules imposed on you to sell instruments of lethal force.

July 2, 2015 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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