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Brownback, advisers abandon report on Kansas economy

From the article:
"Gov. Sam Brownback's economic advisory council has discontinued a quarterly report that had been developed to ensure a timely analysis of the administration's economic policies."

"Heidi Holliday, executive director of the nonprofit center in Topeka, said the end of the council's economic assessment tool was an attempt to minimize public exposure of weaknesses in Brownback's program to build the state's economy by exempting 330,000 businesses from the income tax and reducing individual state income tax."

" "He specifically asked the council to hold him accountable through rigorous performance metrics," she said. "Five years later, the metrics clearly show his tax experiment has failed while business leaders and local chambers of commerce across the state openly ask him to change course." "
What else needs to be said?
The Guv is trying to hide the fact that his policies have failed and are close to cause Kansas to fall into receivership.

He can't even take responsibility for his own failed policies. I'm glad this is his last term.

September 26, 2016 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Candidate asks for grand jury probe of Kobach's handling of citizenship documents

One thing at a time Rich, one thing at a time.

July 28, 2016 at 12:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district budget likely to include teacher cuts

Personally, I think we got took on the bonds, especially when apparently the lion's share of the funding went to building "identical" athletic facilities. Waste of money for my part.

"An outline of additions and reductions to the 2016-2017 budget plan includes 17 full-time classroom teaching positions, one nurse and cuts to some programming. The teacher positions include eight elementary, four middle school and five high school teachers."

That means one or two more traveling nurses and inadequate coverage at the school. Better make sure all teachers are First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

Cutting 17 full-time teaching positions equates to more overcrowded classes and leads down the road to a lower quality education for our children. It further hurts the local economy as the salaries from those 17 educators will not be available to our local economy. Is it any wonder that teachers are taking MO up on their offer to come teach in MO?

I lay these problems squarely at the feet of The Guv and his minions.

July 25, 2016 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fewer people becoming teachers statewide, but Lawrence avoids vacancies

There's so much to write on this.

In Kansas, teachers are not treated with respect by the state administration and legislature. They're looked on as red-shirted thugs by The Guv's rubber stamp body of Alec parrots

KPERS. All the problems with KPERS are laid at the feet of educators with no mention of all the other state employees who draw from KPERS upon retirement. There's also no mention of the money stolen (cough .... borrowed .....cough) from KPERS to shore up The Guv's failing fiscal fairy tail.

Lack of respect. Even as late as 40 years ago teachers were treated with respect by the community. Now, they're not. It's so bad that some teachers are no longer proud of the fact that they are teachers. "What do you do?" (very quietly) "I'm a teacher." "Oh." (end of conversation)

Salary. Kansas ranks in the bottom ten of the entire country in starting teacher salaries. MO even had a billboard on I70 (I believe) that said, "Come to MO and teach." A highway advertisement in KS. I know some who availed themselves of the opportunity. I also know teachers who left KU at the end of 4 years with a BA or BS in Education andf went to another state to teach.

The list goes on and on.

July 14, 2016 at 9:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Grace and truth

Sorry, but I can't help it.

<strong>"Thus endeth the reading for today."</strong>

July 8, 2016 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas state senator: School leaders want to oust incumbents

"He (Knox) said he has seen signs for his opponents in many homes that belong to school district employees or others with connections to the schools."

OMG, he saw campaign signs for his opponent in many homes belonging to school district employees or others with connections to the schools. What did he think, that school employees aren't allow to have signs in their yards? I wonder if his opponent, Bruce Givens, is running a good campaign and is a threat to Knox. Thank maybe he's running scared?

July 7, 2016 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge OKs citizenship proof rules for voters in Kansas, 2 other states

@M. Lindeman
Your comment really isn't germane to the article. You always have to verify identity when voting. This is about the voter suppression drive conducted by Kobach and Republican state and national legislators.

@Tim Foley
It should be, Tim. The problem comes when people get a drivers license using their drivers license from another state as ID. You're only require to show that you were a live human birth the first time you get a license.

IMO, Kobach and his ilk have won this round in the voter suppression fight. Their intent is to keep as many people from voting as possible. GOP Congressmen have said as much.

June 30, 2016 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Orlando mourns its dead; gunman may have been 'homegrown extremist'

@Brock Masters
Substitute Christian / Christianity or Jew / Judaism or KKK / White Supremacist for Muslim / Islam in your post and your words don't change their meaning.

June 13, 2016 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate leader says don't expect action on school funding this week; other leaders talk of defying court

But Kevin, They are doing their job. Look at many things they've done:
<li>Concentrated on fostering LGBT discrimination.
<li>Engaged in voter suppression.
<li>Cut women's health access.
<li>Told people where they can pee.
<li>Privatized social service programs with contracts to The Guv's cronies.
<li>etc ad nauseum.

May 31, 2016 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )