The negotiation deadlock between the nonprofit Sedgwick County Zoological Society and county government is bad for the community and its premier attraction. And the prospect of a Jan. 1 county takeover of the zoo’s day-to-day operations is just nutty.
The city of Wichita deserves high praise for keeping up its long-term commitment to cultural funding, despite the Great Recession and other pressures. Its support is in impressive contrast to that of the state, which just cost Kansas arts groups a year of regional grants and still risks losing its federal funding as well.
Given the fact that the Brownback administration’s tax scheme has failed to provide anything like the promised “shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” isn’t it time to find out if its assertions about taxes are true?
In the aftermath of last week’s shooting deaths around the country, including a sniper’s murder of five Dallas officers, Americans angry or discouraged about the state of relations between police and minorities should keep an eye on Wichita.
Perhaps the biggest issues in the upcoming legislative elections are the 2012 state income tax cuts and the resulting budget shortfalls. But for voters who want to send a message to the lawmakers who recklessly approved those tax cuts, there won’t be many chances.
Some legislative incumbents and candidates act as if the governor’s budget-balancing is just responsible fiscal management, without pain or other consequences. Those on the front line of community mental health in Kansas have a different view.
Selling the Hyatt Regency Wichita is not a simple as accepting payment and handing over the keys, given how the Hyatt and Century II are connected – physically and operationally – and how the Hyatt must fit into future riverfront development.
Why can’t Kansas collect enough revenue to provide the sound, basic public services that 3 million residents deserve? Because of the income tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature approved in 2012. Put another way, this state of fiscal hell was created by its own inept political leaders.
“Enough is enough,” said one sign at Thursday’s Old Town protest against recent police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana. But the remedy is not more violence, such as the horror that ended a like-minded march in Dallas later that night, but more trust, more understanding, more justice.
When he was running for re-election, Gov. Sam Brownback boasted (falsely) about how the state had only $876 in cash when he took office in 2011, but that by the end of 2013 it had hundreds of millions on hand. He’s not boasting now.
As the Kansas Highway Patrol website puts it, the 2001 model “King Air supports the protective services detail to the governor and other public officials.” Surely most voters would rather it not be treated like a personal perk or a party bus.
The call went out last fall for more private dollars to enhance the new library and expand the vision of a community gathering place and digitally up-to-date asset to Wichita’s educational infrastructure and cultural identity. The charitable and corporate donors responded.
The Declaration of Independence expresses the will of a brave group of Americans who put their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on the line to fight a monarchy that saw the oppression of its subjects as a divine right.
Whatever the weather in Kansas on Friday and beyond, governments around the state will operate in more sunshine. That’s because of the new state law that considers public officials’ e-mails about public business to be public records, even if they’re sent using private e-mail accounts or personal devices.
The debate about whether to revive football at Wichita State University got some daunting numbers this week to go along with all the emotions – initial facility costs estimated at $40 million and annual budgets of at least $6.5 million.