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Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential

I believe KU endowment and KU athletics Inc should foot the entire jet plane operation It makes no difference who the passengers are.

Why should taxpayers be footing any part of this bill?

When it is said taxpayers are footing the bill what exactly does that mean?

What about?

Where is the KPERS money? Is KPERS still alive? Is KPERS somehow going to disappear like up in smoke only to have politicians come back and tell the KPERS people your retirement plan went broke? BEWARE

Where are the public education tax dollars from the last 5 years? Did the politicians spend this money knowing full well they might be forced to cough it up? If so is this legal?

How come there has never been an investigation by law enforcement? What does it take?

Haven't I become a victim of big government fraud?

March 1, 2015 at 3:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises

"Kansas now faces a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Yet Brownback hopes to retain a 29 percent drop in the top income tax rate and an exemption altogether for 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers. "

When these tax dollars are are cut where does that money go? Should any money involved in a tax cit come back to every individual taxpayer instead of covering the cost of the tax cuts that have gone to 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers?

I did not approve the tax cuts nor did I approve giving those tax dollars to 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers.

Haven't I become a victim of big government fraud?

March 1, 2015 at 2:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises

Where is the KPERS money? Is KPERS still alive? Is KPERS somehow going to disappear like up in smoke only to have politicians come back and tell the KPERS people your retirement plan went broke? BEWARE

Where are the public education tax dollars from the last 5 years? Did the politicians spend this money knowing full well they might be forced to cough it up? If so is this legal?

How come there has never been an investigation by law enforcement? What does it take?

March 1, 2015 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises

Balancing the budget requires reinstating taxes that Sam Brownback cut. This "balancing the budget" phrase is as phony as a 3 dollar bill.

Every bit bit of rhetoric aka misinformation coming out of the Brownback administration just buys more time for the Brownback team to get their ducks in a row to shut down public education as we know it.

Defunding and Dismantling Public Education is the bottom line. Did anyone ask any politicians to perform this action? NO. This is personal agenda politics.

"Brownback last month announced plans to trim $28 million from public schools' aid at the end of this week to help balance the budget." based on what?

Has Sam already spent this $28 million?

Balancing the budget requires reinstating taxes that Sam Brownback cut. This "balancing the budget" phrase is as phony as a 3 dollar bill.

The Kansas GOP orchestrated this financial fiasco in premeditated fashion. They knew wrecking the budget would make it appear that there was something wrong with the budget
when instead there is something wrong with politicians INTENTIONALLY setting up this mess.

March 1, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises

What's on the Brownback Agenda?

US Public School System is Under Attack by Liza Featherstone

The US public school system, once a model for the world, is under sustained attack by the nation's elites.

Philadelphia, the latest casualty, is getting ready to sell off its schools - and their governance - to profiteers and snake-oil salesmen. We already know how this story ends.Students protest school closings outside district headquarters in Philadelphia.

These are privately run schools that use public funds. Perhaps most disturbingly to those who value democracy and doubt the wisdom of corporate elites, the city will have no oversight of its own school system.

Schools will instead be governed by "networks", control of which will be auctioned off through a bidding process, and could be bestowed on anyone - including a CEO of a for-profit education company.

The situation in Philadelphia, which has received amazingly little attention from the national media in the US, offers a disturbing window onto what the US elite is planning for the rest of our public schools - disturbing because Philadelphia's experience has already demonstrated that turning public education over to private entities will ultimately lead to its destruction.

The fact is Philadelphia is already the most privatized system in the US. In 2001, the state of Pennsylvania took over the city's school system and turned many of its schools over to private operators, even offering up 25 schools to for-profit companies.

A study [PDF] by Vaughan Byrnes of Johns Hopkins University showed that, five years into this sweeping overhaul, the schools under private management were academically underperforming the public schools.

Not surprisingly, the bad education delivered by privatized education also comes with a heavy dose of corruption: at least six Philadelphia charter schools are under criminal investigation by the office of the state's attorney general, after the Philadelphia Inquirer - and the city's comptroller - reported rampant financial mismanagement and nepotism in the city's charter system.

As in other cities, public money was extensively abused in real estate profiteering schemes, as charter school operators used schools as tenants, paying money to themselves to rent their own property.

In one particularly classy instance, the charter operator was running a private parking lot on school property.

Exorbitant salaries were common for the charter school operators, and some implausibly held fully salaried jobs in multiple schools, billing the city for more than 365 days in a year.

At least two Philadelphia charter school operators have pleaded guilty to one such series of frauds - with sentencing scheduled for July - and the Inquirer's investigations may lead to further prosecutions.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012...

March 1, 2015 at 2:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislators take break until Wednesday

or attend the ultra conservatie CPAC convention going on as we speak.

February 28, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback touts economic growth for rise in February revenue

About Jordan's comment about personal income tax collections.

Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare.

This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves!

Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

Kansas government used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff!

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723...

After the $47 million in corporate welfare AMC was sold off to a chinese conglomerate.

Tax Cuts STILL A Full Blown Disaster
http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/30/...

February 28, 2015 at 4:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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