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Editorials

Lawmakers did manage to pass some good bills

The short legislative session saw the usual unneeded bills, and no lasting fiscal remedy. But some of the ideas that were bundled and pushed through in the final days are worthy of praise and Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature, especially those aimed at promoting transparency and open government.

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Democrats, GOP moderates wimped out on tax vote

Democratic and moderate GOP state lawmakers spent much of this legislative session complaining about the unfairness of the state tax exemption for pass-through business income. They also noted how it was damaging the state’s finances without significantly boosting the state’s economy. Yet many of them voted last week against a bill to revoke the exemption.

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Legislature leaves budget cutting to governor

The 2016 Legislature couldn’t be bothered to pass a budget that balanced, expecting the governor to finish the job with mostly unspecified cuts. That act of cowardice puts state-funded services and the state’s bond ratings at further risk, while leaving the structural unfairness and inadequacy of the state’s tax policy unaddressed.

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Brownback turns back on refugees

As a U.S. senator, Sam Brownback was second to none in advocating for those suffering because of war, persecution and oppression, often by citing the biblical admonition “that true religion is taking care of widows and orphans and the foreigner amongst you.” That makes him the last governor you’d expect to fearmonger about refugees, as he did again last week by pulling Kansas out of the federal government’s refugee resettlement program.

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Does DCF discriminate against same-sex couples?

So there will be no official audit of whether the Kansas Department for Children and Families discriminates against or bullies same-sex couples in foster care and adoption matters. And gay and lesbian Kansans have another measure of where their rights and concerns rank among GOP priorities at the Statehouse, which is nowhere.

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Fixing budget not only job for legislators

Even after last week’s lowering of revenue projections pushed the budget shortfall to $300 million, the Legislature’s GOP leaders still reportedly want to move swiftly to finish business for the year and clear the way for campaigning. But haste risks leaving some important work undone.

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Warnings have improved since Andover tornado

There is something cruel and unnerving about a forecast of destructive storms coinciding with Tuesday’s 25th anniversary of the deadly Andover tornado. At least the convergence of a tragic anniversary and present danger highlights the need for readiness and the proven results of such preparation.

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Loyalty test on Sedgwick County contracts?

Chairing the Sedgwick County Commission mainly entails presiding at meetings. Yet current Chairman Jim Howell played a role in having local subcontractor Bothner and Bradley sacked from a county road study because he “personally” disliked the firm and baselessly suspected it was involved in last summer’s Quit the Cuts campaign against the county budget.

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Staff shortages a problem at state agencies

Once elected to office, even proponents of small government have a duty to govern competently. Yet nearly every report about state agencies or operations in Kansas these days includes some reference to how short staffing is verging on critical, with low pay often a factor.

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Many working to prevent abuse

Kids today will shape the future only if they reach it. Fortunately, area children at risk of violence, abuse and neglect have a lot of adults in their corner these days, in part because Wichita’s shocking eight deaths of young children from maltreatment of 2008 mobilized advocates to organize and act.

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Friday shooting in west Wichita

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