Slowponder (Jonathan Becker)


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Kansas agency bans employees from electronic recording

I would think with all the wonderful, stupendous, fabulous deeds of the greatest state government in the whole wide world, they would want the cameras, videos and tape recorders running 24/6 (day off to go to the church o' Sam).

Was the sarcasm too subtle?

August 17, 2015 at 9:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas officials defend pension bonds after Moody's report

Recommended move: Go short in these bonds.

August 12, 2015 at 8:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Court rules for gay couples in Kansas tax case

The irony is the KS Legislature passed a law that said "Whatever your marital status on your federal return must be used on your state return." The purposes of this law were consistency in returns and to avoid folk scamming the state treasury by filing a different status on their state return and getting a bigger refund. Then along comes a same-sex couple and the Sammy would rather pay them a bigger refund than what they would get if the law was followed, rather than accept the fact there are married couples of the same sex, who desire equality under the law. Does the Sammy make any fiscal sense given the fact KS is spending $3M on "efficiencies" and the budget is still not balanced?

July 25, 2015 at 9:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach urges Congress to ratify health care compact that he says would avoid Obamacare

Mr. Kobach: No one cares that you were a Constitutional law professor, other than the students who took your class. 6 solons, whose names are Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan said ACA is constitutional. If you read Article III (probably for the 1st time), you will find that is all that matters.

July 13, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )