Slowponder (Jonathan Becker)


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Kansas Legislature 'fiasco' dressed down by Lawrence-area lawmakers

Why do you insult loons? It is a pretty bird.

June 20, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Four arrested in connection with alleged kidnapping, beating in southeast Lawrence

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings for those who want to lock them up and throw away the key, but if the criminal history is reported correctly by the writer of this story, then the three geniuses are going to get 57 to 61 months for kidnapping with an additional 28 to 31 months for the aggravated battery.

Now, who do you think brought us that result? Why it is the wonderful Legislature in Topeka!! Applause, applause. <sarcasm intended>

It will cost about $17,000 a year to house the geniuses reported here. So that is $17,000 X 7 X 3 = $357,000 or 1/3 the cost of a Legislative session.

June 19, 2015 at 9:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers' tax plan makes numerous policy changes

"Most itemized personal income tax deductions would be eliminated, effective Jan. 1 of this year. The only remaining deductions would be for charitable contributions, half of the property taxes a homeowner pays and half of the interest paid on a home mortgage."

Gonna be surprised income taxpayers come 4/15/2016 who are going to be owing.

June 13, 2015 at 5:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislators approve 'Band-Aid' budget with largest tax increase in state history

Just when I think the legislature and the governor cannot sink any lower, I am proven wrong, again.

June 12, 2015 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools would lose $3.8 million, KU $15 million, under Brownback cuts

Excuse me. Wrong analogy in previous post. It is not a Hobson's choice. It is a Morton's fork or Morton's bind - a choice of equivalents that both produce undesirable results.

June 10, 2015 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools would lose $3.8 million, KU $15 million, under Brownback cuts

The Senate passed proposal which the House won't even bring to a vote, taxes the following:

1. Utilities
2. Residential Rental Agreements

It also will cut many deductions from income tax returns for folk who itemize -- property tax and itemized charitable deductions.

Finally, the sales tax credit that reduces the income tax obligation of many taxpayers on their return is eliminated. Practically, that means most taxpayers will pay the state come 4/15/16.

The prospects of Allotments or the above is a Hobson's Choice.

June 10, 2015 at 6:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate approves largest tax increase in state history; House will consider it Monday

"We get the government we deserve." - Mike Royko

June 7, 2015 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas state workers could be furloughed if budget delayed; tensions mount in Statehouse

Mike Royko used to say, "We get the government we deserve." The spectacle in Topeka does not say much about us, does it?

June 1, 2015 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor backtracks on outlining new budget-balancing tax plan

Wouldn't it be interesting to find out how many of the legis-delayers received a windfall from the 2012 tax cuts? And after finding out that little nugget of information, how many of them took their tax windfalls and 'Invested in jobs, unleashing the Kansas economy?' Where oh where is the National Enquirer when inquiring minds want to know?

May 29, 2015 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New proposal to narrow Kansas business tax break emerges

Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. . . .

Arithmetic is simple here. $406 Million minus $55 Million leaves a shortfall of $351 million

May 18, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )