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Kansas Senate to debate proposed public pensions fix

So much for my plan to retire in 4 years.

Does anyone know if the legislators are in KPERS or do they have their own or nothing?

March 21, 2011 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislator suggests using hunters in helicopters to control illegal immigration, likens immigrants to feral hogs

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March 14, 2011 at 3:35 p.m. ( )

Kansas legislator suggests using hunters in helicopters to control illegal immigration, likens immigrants to feral hogs

I wonder if this guy's mother had any kids that lived?

I'm as P.O.'d as anyone about illegal criminal immigration coming across the border and the lack of security, but this guy is Captain WhackJob. It's extremely stupid remarks like this that get covered in the press and both sides are guilty.

Someone ought to make him pee in a cup and get him tested.

March 14, 2011 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate leader promises KPERS funding will be addressed

Zenmon-- I also pay into KPERS, the required 4%, my employer pays nothing except for administrative costs. If you were hired before 1993, you are guaranteed an 8% return on the money in the form of a defined benefit. Hires after 1993 get 4%. The KPERs Board takes your contribution and invest its and if they don't get the required percentage, the state has to fund that difference. KPERs isn't what is breaking KS, it's the blasted education funding which is the big dog in the budget.

Excellent article in USAToday on how much state employees make compared to the general workforce. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2...

KS public employees lag behind.

March 1, 2011 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New EPA air quality standards could mean higher gasoline prices for Lawrence residents

What fine? If you violate the standard, ths state writes a plan on how and what measures to take correct that. There is no fine from EPA. What CAN happen is that the feds withhold highway or other funds from the state. Nearly happened in Missouri a number of years ago.

October 8, 2010 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New EPA air quality standards could mean higher gasoline prices for Lawrence residents

They are required by federal law to review the standards every 5 years. This is based on 1500 human health studies. This isn't something that is sudden, it was 1st done under Bush and the standard they established was not consistent with their scientific board's recommendation. So Obama is going back to what the board said.

October 8, 2010 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New EPA air quality standards could mean higher gasoline prices for Lawrence residents

This is about ground level ozone, not the ozone layer that is 7-10 miles high. BIG difference. We need it up there, we don't need it down here.

EPA is required by law to look at these health standards and there's also a little matter of an order from the Supreme Court. The last time this was changed was under Bush and EPA was sued in federal court. They won the case 8-0 (one abstention).

October 8, 2010 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )