Editorials

Editorials

Statewide health plan could cost Wichita teachers

One promising idea in a state efficiency study was having school districts join a statewide health insurance plan. But as a new audit found, such a move is complicated and would not save as much money as previously suggested. What’s more, a big share of the potential savings would be cost shifts to schoolteachers, especially in Wichita.

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Services for disabled also in violation

Not only did federal officials determine last month that KanCare was “substantively out of compliance with federal statutes and regulations,” they determined the previous month that services for people with disabilities were also out of compliance.

Editorials

Re-evaluate longer school days

Wichita school district officials should re-evaluate their decision to extend the length of the school day and shorten the school year. But as was the case before, whether they keep this schedule or change it could involve choosing between bad options.

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Wagle tax plan good first step

A tax bill backed by Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and other top Senate Republicans is a good starting point on addressing the state’s budget problems. But more revenue likely will be needed, along with more spending cuts.

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About time Medicaid expansion had a hearing

At long last, Medicaid expansion is finally receiving a full hearing in the Legislature. And with the defeat of many expansion opponents in last year’s elections, there is a good chance a revenue-neutral bill could clear both chambers.

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Reduce sales-tax exemptions

One of the best – and fairest – ways to increase tax revenue is to reduce the number of tax exemptions. And sales tax exemptions are costing the state a fortune – more than $6 billion a year.

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Budget solution could be messy

A report presented to lawmakers last week on across-the-board spending cuts shows how dire the state’s budget problems are – and why some one-time money may need to be part of the solution.

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Voting claims are real fraud

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he advised President Trump to investigate voter fraud. How about they start by investigating how the votes of some Kansans weren’t counted last election? Or how Kobach’s rules and requirements kept thousands of other Kansans from registering?

Editorials

Restrict asset seizures, forfeitures

The Legislature should follow the recommendations of state auditors and restrict how money and property seized by law enforcement can be used. But it also should limit the authority of law enforcement agencies to seize and keep or sell assets, especially when someone hasn’t been convicted of a crime.

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Disconnect on ‘success’ of KanCare

Ever since the Brownback administration privatized Medicaid, there has been a disconnect between its rose-colored assessments of KanCare’s success and the complaints of many service providers and those receiving (or not receiving) care.

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Need to repeal tax exemption

The majority of Kansans want the state to repeal its tax exemption on certain business income. So do many businesses – including Koch Industries. Will lawmakers get their act together and do it? Likely, but that’s still unclear.

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Trump deserves chance to lead

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States. And as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, he deserves an open mind and a chance to lead.

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Raw: Sinkhole swallows cars amid storms

A massive sinkhole in the Studio City section of Los Angeles swallowed two vehicles as Southern California wrestled with a huge weekend Pacific storm. Authorities say the severe weather has left at least two people dead. (Associated Press/Feb. 18, 2017)
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Raw: Sinkhole swallows cars amid storms

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