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Editorial: Good trade?

Some helpful reading:
Kansas officials plan to privatize child support collections
Officials say they hope to boost payments by $52 million over three years

http://www.khi.org/news/2013/mar/14/d...

Administration defends child support privatization, Aug 20, 2013

http://cjonline.com/news/2013-08-20/a...

December 26, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers floating plenty of tax proposals

Eric, do you have a small business? I came from a family with a small business and have been self-employed for many years. Taxes are how we pay for schools, roads, police, the justice system and much more of what makes us a civil society.

The elimination of state income tax for Kansas businesses haven't increased employment - Kansas is behind neighbor states in employment. And wages and benefits are always an expense - to be deducted - from gross income (when there was a tax to pay).

At the very least, taxes should be reinstated for businesses net income over $100,000 or perhaps $150,000. Then, maybe, we can pay more of Kansas obligations.

December 24, 2014 at 10:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools, Douglas County prepare for first mail-ballot election

Yes, the deadline to return the ballot is noon on Jan. 27 - 3 weeks from mail-out to deadline/election day - same as mailed out ballots for other elections.

On the real estate tax statement that we received and just paid; From 2013 and 2014 - State of Kansas tax increased 2.1%, Douglas County increased 12.7%, City of Lawrence increased 7.2%, but the USD 497 decreased a total of 2.7% (3 separate line items).

December 21, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar moves ahead on wind amid debate


In the year after year battle over the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Chairman Hedke and others have repeatedly and inaccurately claimed that wind is a primary cause of increasing electricity cost and that it's variability disrupts the grid. More and more evidence shows both these claims are simply not correct. Please take a look at:

http://aweablog.org/blog/post/new-stu...

Better strategy in Colorado is saving them money and reducing carbon pollution:

http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW...

December 17, 2014 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins says conservatives won in $1.1 trillion spending bill

From the League of Women Voters:

The Omnibus Appropriations legislation being considered in the Senate includes the most corrupting campaign finance provisions ever enacted.

Please contact your Senators immediately and tell them to vote against the Omnibus Appropriations bill.
2014 was the most expensive midterm election ever. Now the politicians want to put MORE big money into our elections!

The omnibus legislation authorizes massive increases in the allowable contributions to political parties which can only be made by millionaires and billionaires. These huge contributions would be solicited by federal officeholders with the ability to provide access, influence and results in return to the donors.

A single individual is authorized under the bill to give a total of $777,600 to the three committees of a national party per year or a total of $1,555, 200 in a two-year election cycle. Such massive contributions have been prohibited for more than four decades to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.

The Senate will vote on the Omnibus Appropriations bill very soon. Contact your Senators NOW and tell them to oppose the bill.

December 13, 2014 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback announces $280 million in allotment cuts to fill budget shortfall

Here is the line item breakdown - straight from the Division of the Budget:

http://budget.ks.gov/files/FY2015/All...

December 9, 2014 at 1:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

TV options abound for cord-cutters, old-school and newfangled alike

No one has commented about public television. Can you get KCTP or KTWU without cable? Is no one watching Newhour, Nova, American Experience, Nature....?

December 8, 2014 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Stegall takes seat on Kansas Supreme Court

The Topeka Capitol Journal has a more detailed article about Celeb Stegall's swearing in:

“Because Caleb is devoted to the one much greater than he, he’s unaffected by delusions regarding his own greatness,” U.S. District Court Judge Eric Melgren said. “Because Caleb’s deeply-rooted Calvinistic theology tells him daily that he’s a beneficiary of undeserved grace — undeserved grace — he’s completely unconcerned about any recognition or honor one so talented might otherwise think he deserves. And because of Caleb’s adherence to the scriptures, he continually seeks to apply those admonitions to his life, admonitions for integrity and respect.”

http://cjonline.com/news/2014-12-05/s...

December 6, 2014 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State officals worry about EPA proposals to cut power plant emissions

In the year after year battle over the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Chairman Hedke and others have repeatedly and inaccurately claimed that wind is a primary cause of increasing electricity cost and that it's variability disrupts the grid. More and more evidence shows both these claims are simply not correct. Please take a look at:

http://aweablog.org/blog/post/new-stu...

If we want to pursue the cheapest and cleanest future energy path we will need a lot more wind and solar energy development in Kansas. Kansas needs a rigorous study of the state's electricity future: A statewide Integrated Resource Plan in utility talk.

December 6, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Hypocrisy

There is a lot of hypocrisy in Kansas elected officials. In addition to the NBAF vs Medicaid funding, there's also the KDOT vs education funding. Our elected leaders seem glad to take federal highway funds and use them to meet general fund needs, but complain about getting federal education dollars.

Duane Goossen has an article from Feb 2012 that charts out federal money coming to Kansas:

http://www.khi.org/weblogs/budget-blo...

December 2, 2014 at 8:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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