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Death penalty worth the cost?

Lawmakers chose not to advance last spring's proposal by state Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, to repeal the Kansas death penalty because of its cost, which has been estimated at 70 percent greater than non-death penalty cases. But McGinn's bill deserves another look next year. Noting McGinn's efforts and those of lawmakers in other states including New Mexico, which abolished its death penalty in March, the New York Times editorialized: "If lawmakers cannot find the moral courage to abolish the death penalty, perhaps the economic case will persuade them to follow the lead of New Mexico."