Comment history

Editorial: Taxing food

Kansas won't be able to afford to cut sales taxes on food as long as the 2012 and 2013 income tax cuts stay in place.

July 3, 2015 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Property tax votes

"The recession has increased the tax burden on the middle class ..."

Our Kansas government has increased the tax burden on the lower and middle class by exempting business owners from paying state income taxes, raising sales tax, and removing deductions.
Our Kansas government has kept wages low by refusing to increase the minimun wage.

July 2, 2015 at 9:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Property tax votes

The problem is that the state, with its' 2012 and 2013 state income tax deductions (that benefited the above average income makers) sends back less money to the local and county governments. The state income tax needs to return to the pre 2012 levels so that Kansas government can pay for K-12, higher education, roads, health care and local government programs that citizens need.

Kansas ranks 9th in the nation with the most regressive tax structure, with the lowest 20% of income citizens paying 11.3% of their income in taxes, while the highest 1% pays only 3.6%. That was before the sales increase and reduced income deductions that start today, which will make the lower 40% of citizens pay even more of their income in taxes. Meanwhile, large companies like numerous subsidiaries of Koch Industries, pay no state income tax.

July 1, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New plans filed for major shopping center south of SLT and Iowa Street interchange

This proposal is not infill. It is absolutely adding to the sprawl south. Also, any retailer who builds in Lawrence, will build a scaled-down version of their store, as Lawrence is not large enough for their full-sized version.

If someone living out of town has a choice of driving 25 minutes to a scaled down store, or 30 or 35 minutes to a full sized store, which store do you think they'll chose?

Also, in the earlier proposal, three of the stores currently in Lawrence were going to move to this new proposed location. So, no new business, just another empty space where there was a store.

June 30, 2015 at 10:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure

Q: How much of Planned Parenthood’s services are dedicated to abortions? Does the federal government fund those procedures?

A: Abortions represent 3 percent of total services provided by Planned Parenthood, and roughly 10 percent of its clients received an abortion. The group does receive federal funding, but the money cannot be used for abortions by law.

June 25, 2015 at 5:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence mayor: 'Hopefully sine die is not a synonym for unfathomable stupidity'

You imply that property owners don't pass on the cost of property taxes to their renters.

June 24, 2015 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider raising guest tax on local hotel rooms

It was the previous commission that gave the large tax abatement to the Eldridge. Only one of the current commissioners voted for that abatement.

June 23, 2015 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers urge review of federal health overhaul

"reconsider or re-examine" the health care law to what end? This is not a short law. What are they asking for? Is the letter really that vague?

June 22, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas tax plan caps future revenue, spending growth with 'ratchet' provision

We need to pay attention to Federal, state, and local candidates and elections. That is the only way we are going to get out of the current disaster.

June 20, 2015 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )