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Public pools part of city’s quality of life

No matter which of the three options the Wichita City Council may vote on Tuesday, there could be fewer public swimming pools in Wichita. That’s too bad, though it is partly a reflection on changing interests, as public pools aren’t as well used as they once were.

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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.

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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?

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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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