Kansas City International Airport is beloved by many residents, mostly for its convenience, so suggesting major changes to it could be hard. But look at the issue another way. There’s simply no reason for the city or airlines — through whatever project they develop — to make it inconvenient for local travelers to use a renovated or new KCI, especially if they want voters to ultimately endorse the plan.
Gov. Sam Brownback is getting ready to go on tour to tout his pledge that Kansas can create 100,000 new private-sector jobs during his next four years in office. The governor also recently reiterated his promise to continue the state’s “march to zero” for its income tax rate. However, that goal appears unrealistic, based upon The Star’s review of job growth in Kansas and the rest of the country.
Gov. Sam Brownback likes to tout the fact that Kansas created more than 59,000 new private sector jobs during his first four years in office. It’s a completely accurate statement. It’s also highly misleading. In reality, the state trails most of the rest of the nation in adding employment in that time.
The governors have delivered their State of the State speeches. Committees are in session. Intrigue is building and the Capitol Watch is back to spotlight some of the goings-on in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Attracting new companies and employers to Kansas City is almost always a positive thing. Most business leaders ascribe to this mantra because they they want to see the region succeed. But in recent days, a few lawyers in town, including Russ Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli, have grown concerned that bringing in competitors could bleed them of employees and create higher payrolls.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
President Barack Obama’s far-reaching State of the Union speech Tuesday is best thought of as a framework for the political dialogue that he hopes will shape the remainder of his term, the campaign to succeed him and, indeed, his legacy.
One way to look at the results of this week’s Monday Poll is to suggest that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fooling no one. But that’s only one opinion and it’s based on more than 1,300 responses to our unscientific online survey.
A groundbreaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission is only the latest step in a government crackdown on online lenders who gained fast personal fortunes through outrageous schemes to drain the banking accounts of mostly low-income customers. In part because of Overland Park businessman Scott Tucker’s ostentatious success, the Kansas City area became an early hub for the predatory industry.
The Western powers have stepped up efforts against terrorist threats in Belgium and to prevent slayings like those at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But the effort to root out Islamic militants shouldn’t overlook Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.
Downtown’s continued comeback is raising an intriguing question for elected officials. When should Kansas City pull back on or even deny local taxpayer incentives for developers who seek the public’s help in building offices, apartments or other projects? Stoking economic growth is always a priority in the urban core, but so are protecting taxpayers from excessive giveaways and using increased tax revenues to provide better public services.
In an attempt to close a $700 million budget gap, Brownback proposed slowing down his income tax cuts and speeding up the schedule for eliminating some deductions. And he drastically hiked taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic drinks. If approved, Kansas’ new “sin taxes” would make those products much more expensive than in Missouri. What do you think about these changes?
Celebrations will take place Monday throughout the Kansas City area with speeches and music to commemorate the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “Investing in Our Community for Economic Justice” is the right theme for this year’s program sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City.
The Kansas City Water Services Department is well on its way to spending billions of dollars on wastewater projects around town. The excellent goals include fixing the sewers so they don’t back up in basements as much and to prevent massive overflows during heavy rains that pollute nearby waterways.
On paper, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed balanced budgets for the next two years, ending with a reserve fund of $252 million. But his proposals leave the state barely able to meet its statutory obligations, much less invest in its citizens and the future. Kansas will continue to stagger from the Brownback tax cuts.
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech contained plenty of challenges to the Republican-controlled Congress.Obama mapped out a variety of proposals he said he wanted to work on with the House and Senate. We’d like to hear what you think of what Obama’s said last week, regarding his plans for the future and other issues.
Taxpayers in Kansas and Missouri have subsidized rural counties in other states for more than a decade. But that’s finally ending. Congress declined to renew funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in the budget bill approved in December. Now there’s an opportunity to develop a fairer system.
While waiting for Gov. Sam Brownback to tell Kansans in his State of the State address how he plans to get the state out of a colossal financial mess, it is instructive to review how matters got to this point.
We asked about your feelings about the aftermath of attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris last week, in which 12 people were killed at the offices of a French satirical weekly and four at a kosher market. Here are the results.
Slapping tolls on Interstate 70 isn’t a popular possibility with many people in Missouri. But given the continued deterioration and congestion, Gov. Jay Nixon is correctly pushing for further study of the approach.