Westar settlement Kansas consumers apparently do have a voice after all. Westar Energy earlier this year asked for its 16th rate increase since 2006 and, based on its successful track record with the Kansas Corporation Commission, likely saw little reason to doubt its latest request would find the same easy path to approval.
Gov. Sam Brownback is reluctant to expand Medicaid because he is concerned that the federal government won’t honor its promise to pay for it. He should be more concerned about how KanCare isn’t paying Kansas hospitals. And how not allowing the Medicaid expansion hurts the hospitals even more.
Gaze in wonder at the sky. Put on some pink and go running. Taste some hot stuff. Start a new book. The days ahead offer chances to have a good time for the truly good causes of celebrating Wichita’s aviation heritage, fighting breast cancer, aiding area charities and promoting reading.
Republicans in Congress are fond of quoting a Democratic senator’s statement that the Affordable Care Act will be a “huge train wreck.” But it is Congress that is about to jump the rails and take the federal government and the economy with it, as the weak president looks on.
As the horrific shooting spree early Sunday in Wichita’s Old Town took one young man’s life and injured six others, it renewed worries about the safety of the downtown nightlife district. Officials need to reassess and update their security plan for this important neighborhood.
Wichita City Manager Robert Layton made the right decision last week in withdrawing the city’s application for a permit to drill for oil under Century II. There were too many concerns to proceed with the project.
Kansas Board of Regents and University of Kansas officials were justified in condemning the incendiary tweet of a journalism faculty member after the Washington Navy Yard massacre.
Moderates The state Republican Party seems to be suffering from a dearth of moderates. That is where a traditional Republican group, composed of former lawmakers, comes in. Traditional Republicans for Common Sense cant stomach the ultraconservatism that has overtaken the state GOP.
What Westar Energy wants from the Kansas Corporation Commission, Westar usually gets – with customers helpless to do anything but pay the resulting higher bills. However, the $31.7 million increase due for an evidentiary hearing Thursday shouldn’t be another open-and-shut rate case.
Congratulations to those at Cessna Aircraft involved in the secretive development since early 2012 of Textron AirLand’s Scorpion, a light jet for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack. Now, Cessna officials and local and state leaders need to do whatever it takes to keep Scorpion production in Wichita long term.
The mixed picture that is the local economy saw new numbers this week underscoring the durable and enviable power of Wichita as an exporter.
Here’s a national ranking that should embarrass our state: Kansas has cut funding for K-12 public schools more than all but two states.
It’s disappointing but not surprising that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt won’t issue an opinion on whether our state’s proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote is constitutional. Schmidt has shown no desire to stand up to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and defend the rights of thousands of disenfranchised voters.
Those labeled as sexual predators by the courts dont garner sympathy, nor should they. But the Kansas Sexual Predator Treatment Program is a deepening problem for the state that deserves more ongoing scrutiny to go along with its growing chunk of the state budget.
Local leaders deserve praise for trying to better Wichita as a city that welcomes walking and bicycle riding. Success should be good for Wichitans’ health and the local economy.
ACA It appears that much of the bluff and bluster from opponents of Obamacare is just that. The world wont come to an end because hundreds more American families gain access to medical care. Unfortunately, another major piece of the act remains unavailable in Kansas.
While it logs more layoffs and impatiently waits to see the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, the Wichita area has hardly switched off its economic engine. A drive around town confirms that orange is the new black, with plentiful construction cones and roadblocks making drivers nuts but also signifying progress.
You know those times of the year when south-central Kansas is as dead as VHS, the “Harlem Shake” craze and Anthony Weiner’s political career? Well, this isn’t one of them.
The United Way of the Plains is taking a leap of faith by setting a $15.4 million goal for its fall campaign. Donors in and around the community now must demonstrate that trust is justified, by rising to meet the need.
Contrary to the claims of many, the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to increase average insurance premiums in Kansas, according to a new study by RAND Corp. But that assumes Kansas expands Medicaid eligibility, which Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature have yet to allow.