chell (Chris Bohling)

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Trump plan would cut taxes for companies; lawmakers worry about increased federal deficit

Neither Bush nor Obama really cared about running up the debt, so why should Trump? $20 trillion is chump change - let's shoot for $50 trillion! Maybe $100 trillion!

April 26, 2017 at 2:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to discuss consolidation of facilities, potential purchase of Riverfront Plaza

Isn't the track south of the river primarily passenger trains?

April 10, 2017 at 10:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Aging Lawrence High School would receive bulk of bond issue funds; a look at most pressing needs

"This will help the students break the top twenty world wide for math, reading, and science proficiencies how again?"

Basic economics of hiring and retaining good staff is why.

Student achievement is mostly tied to having skilled and compelling teachers. If teachers aren't given the tools they need to do the job well, the good ones will get jobs in other, better-funded districts (or in other industries) and then the students suffer.

I mean, it's hard to teach chemistry if the chemistry lab is so cold that it messes up the chemical reaction you're trying to demonstrate. It's hard to teach orchestra if the orchestra room is so humid that the students' instruments are constantly going out of tune. Why would a good, in-demand teacher suffer under those conditions when they could get a better-supported position elsewhere?

April 10, 2017 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor now backs ‘flat’ income tax plan, including eliminating exemption he had championed

Eh, that's kinda beside the point I'm trying to make. I'm not really intending to argue about what people "should" do or attempting to cast moral judgments on anyone or the system TBH. Just stating reasons why somebody could make less than the listed amount. Maybe they are students. Maybe they only worked part of the year because they're Mormons and they were on their mission. Maybe they're subsistence farmers.

April 6, 2017 at 4 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor now backs ‘flat’ income tax plan, including eliminating exemption he had championed

Well, minimum wage at full time would be about $14.5K, and since so many min wage jobs are capped at ~30 hours for Obamacare reasons I can see how many people would end up under the cap.

April 6, 2017 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Ruining Kansas

If you're going to talk the talk, you'd better walk the walk and not use any government services ever (including driving on the roads).

April 6, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor now backs ‘flat’ income tax plan, including eliminating exemption he had championed

No, Cille's saying that the effective tax rate on the lowest earners is actually much higher than the effective tax rate on the highest earners. If income tax was set at a flat rate without making any changes to the current deductions and credits etc. then the gap would grow even more pronounced.

That begs the question, if you are proposing a flat tax rate, what kind of changes are you willing to make to the rest of the tax code in order to make sure that flat tax is actually fair?

April 6, 2017 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers stalled, may end regular session early

Gee, I wish I were a legislator so that I could also decide to just avoid doing my job and not fix my own messes.

April 5, 2017 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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