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Kansas Senate advances plan to issue $1B in pension bonds

Where are the stolen tax dollars?

What did Sam and the legislature do with the KPERS Money? How did they spend it? Where is the investigation? Where is the FBI and the grand jury?

Ask the same questions about OUR public education tax dollars.

Where is the expanded Medicaid? Where is the money?

Taxpayers deserve an investigation on where the money went? Where and to whom would this trail lead?

February 26, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Compton purchases former Borders Bookstore site; Incumbents, Rasmussen leading the pack in City Commission fundraising

If my memory serves me well downtown guidelines prefer a maximum of 3 stories/or follow
original existing heights however 5 could get by without much hassle. And guidelines prefer the tallest buildings be constructed on corners only. With the help of city commissioners First Management has effectively altered the the 3-5 story guidelines on downtown structures.

No the buildings don't need to be 7 stories. Builders claim that buildings under 7 stories will not generate enough profit for their investment. Then again they say without corporate welfare
in the millions of tax dollars that they still cannot meet their profit goals.

February 25, 2015 at 8:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Compton purchases former Borders Bookstore site; Incumbents, Rasmussen leading the pack in City Commission fundraising

At least 3 Chamber candidates have been identified = the largest cookie jars. Voting in the largest money holders has yet to be the best choices for the people.

Why not reverse the status quo and vote in 3 that don't seem to be attractive to the Chamber and the developers? There are some very smart choices in this group.

This will require talking up the grass roots community and getting out the vote. Not voting changes nothing. Low voter turnout seems to get the big money candidates elected.

Isn't it odd that well known incumbents need to spend so much money to get re-elected?

February 25, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Idea of increasing City Commission size discussed at candidate forum

We've subsidized reckless planning at such a basic level for so long, that many taxpayers believe the status quo is actually how we must do business. This is false-what we think of as a level playing field is tilted steeply in favor of reckless planning sponsored by the development executives.

Reckless growth definitely wastes our tax money. It pulls economic resources away from the downtown business district and spreads them out over sparse developments away from the core. This encourages economic displacement which prevents solid and consistent economic growth.

Taxes subsidize millions of dollars worth of new roads, new water and sewer lines, new schools and increased police and fire protection at the expense of the needs of the core business district. This leads to degradation of our older neighborhoods and higher taxes. And it is driven by allowing developers to guide the planning process

Again why does city government protect the real estate industry executives instead of taxpayers? It's OUR money. Why allow unlimited reckless planning guided by the development executives?

February 25, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Idea of increasing City Commission size discussed at candidate forum

Draining Wallets and Increasing taxes = bad management

Reckless planning is draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes. Why does city government protect the real estate industry executives instead of taxpayers? It's OUR money.

Reckless planning has been rightly blamed for many things: destroying green space, increasing air and water pollution, fracturing our neighborhoods and forcing us to drive gridlocked roads for every chore. But there is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned - developers are draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.

Reckless growth is the result of over several decades of subsidies paid for by WE the local taxpayer.

The subsidies range from the obvious to the obscure and include big projects. Such as the billions we spend on new roads as well as smaller ones. Like the taxpayer supported infrastructure and not necessary expansion of the city limits that encourage businesses to move to the edge of town thus killing the downtown business district.

The subsidies range from the obvious to the obscure which include potentially violating
the neighborhood revitalization rules. Some are concerned.

February 25, 2015 at 6:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Idea of increasing City Commission size discussed at candidate forum

Stan is sounding more like a Chamber candidate......

While expanding the city commission may sound important it seems to me reining in the reckless spending of the current commission and opening doors for voter approval are the issues of the day. Also a growth plan with teeth in it rather than a "guideline" that gets little to no respect.

Higher speed internet should at some point become a "city utility" to provide better service and costs down.

I notice the incumbents are spending more money. One would think incumbents would need less money after years on the commission and a track record.

February 25, 2015 at 6:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

County to vote on creating a public building commission

This idea of legislating the opportunity to further avoid taxpayer approval is at the very least disturbing. Taxpayers have enough of this at the city commission which takes place no matter how small or large every meeting.

February 25, 2015 at 6:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wetlands fans anticipate Baker discovery center opening

Why did the powers that be choose a route that would require so many "bridges"?

Why did the powers that be choose such an an expensive area to buy out? With our tax dollars.
There are some property owners that did very well in this buyout process that was of course managed by SLT supporters. Tons and tons of reckless spending associated with this endeavor.

Yes I have seen the buyout costs per property and the owners names. And the cost on maintenance will continue to shake we taxpayers down. Not only the roadway but the cost of the new building as well.

Unfortunately this route choice will do little if anything to address traffic congestion in Lawrence. We will be forced to deal with a larger number of 18 wheelers tailgating our
behinds.

It will be years and years before the spending on this roadway levels out due to the "fast track process" and irresponsible planning. This area went from a beautiful,free and natural education center that also performed as flood control to a project that demands more and more tax dollars.

All of the above in addition to the concerns that Mike Ford relays. The Lawrence construction industry is constantly increasing our taxes and thinning our wallets.

February 25, 2015 at 5:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Immigration efforts designed to protect Kansans, Kobach says; attorney says hundreds in Lawrence would be hurt

"“Obama’s executive amnesty is in violation of federal law,” Kobach said. “Therefore it has no effect in the state of Kansas.”

So says Kobach and a few other ALEC people. It has not been declared a violation of federal law.

Violating a federal law is a violation of a federal law Mr Kobach. You should be arrested.

February 25, 2015 at 5:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )