Rep. Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, pressed state research officials Thursday on whether the new, lower state revenue estimates were unduly pessimistic. Had the fact that previous estimates overstated tax revenue caused the estimators to become “gun-shy”?
In a more ideal world, the candidates would publish an easily understood outline of their ideas for leadership and then there would be a couple of televised debates. After that, we’d vote. Simple, right?
In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish – a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states – is becoming a reality. Consider:
Are we the only ones who see the correlations between the shootings of unarmed people of color in low-income areas, reduction of funding for public schools, and the destruction of those who have spent their entire lives trying to help low-income youths escape through education?
Kansas tourism and government officials bringing back the Kanza people to Council Grove is one of the most intelligent things they have ever done (April 22 Local & State). It is true Native American history being restored. This is what people want to see.
Right now, in communities across our nation, there are men and women who wore our country’s uniform who don’t have a place to call home. Some fought in wars as far back as Vietnam or Korea, and some served more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. These brave Americans risked their lives for us and our freedom – yet tonight they won’t even have a roof over their heads.
So a Wichita group can’t lawfully name a political action committee “It’s Time to Fix Stupid,” thanks to a state law that requires a PAC’s name to reflect its affiliation with an organization, trade, profession, primary interest or cause. That amusing revelation has only highlighted the limits of campaign disclosure laws, though.
Kansans should be aware of a constitutional crisis in the making in Topeka – one that’s linked to but also distinct from the unresolved school-finance lawsuit. It’s about court funding, and it risks both the balance of powers and the ability of the state’s judiciary to function.
Gov. Sam Brownback chose the conservative National Review as the forum to defend the state’s new welfare reform law, which has been ridiculed for its rules against spending assistance dollars on everything from tattoos to fortune-telling to cruises.
Across Kansas, public school teachers are increasingly reluctant to recommend a career in teaching to their students. More are reading the newspaper headlines and turning away from careers in education.