Editorials

County shouldn’t shred agreements

If the new Sedgwick County Commission majority votes to shred multiyear funding agreements with the Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, the damage will extend to the community’s ability to trust the county and its word.

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Masterson urged caution on school funding requests

Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders approved less than half of the $1.1 million in additional funding requested by eight school districts. The money came from an “extraordinary needs” fund the Legislature created to help school districts unusually harmed by the new block-grant funding system or facing other unforeseen expenses

Carrie Rengers

You don’t say

He may sign their paychecks, but Larry Lawson probably is hoping his Spirit AeroSystems employees will keep him from having to sign this check.

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State leaders need to get Uber back

Kansas was back in the national headlines this week as Uber overreacted to a legislative override of a veto by Gov. Sam Brownback by shutting down in the state – making Kansans look like rubes who can’t get on board with this app-based ride-sharing service. Both sides in this dispute have merit.

Local

Contractors: Price paid for 271 Building reasonable; renovations needed

Three local contractors and the leader of the Wichita Area Builders Association say the $5 million the county paid for the former Internal Revenue Service building was reasonable, according to the director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department – one of the agencies slated to move into the location.

Local

Annual count finds 11 percent fewer homeless Wichitans

According to the count, an estimated 561 people in Wichita were “literally” homeless – meaning the person lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. That number includes people in emergency shelters and transitional housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2014, 631 people were counted as homeless in Wichita.

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