The state of Missouri owns eight utility planes, five helicopters and six passenger planes. A new report by state auditor Tom Schweich makes a strong case for saving money by paring down the fleet and consolidating operations.
The Koch brothers have set a disturbing pace for what promises to be a record flow of money, influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Billionaires Charles and David Koch have recruited about 300 other donors with plans to dump close to $900 million into the elections, backing conservative candidates and causes.
Coming on the heels of Gov. Sam Brownback’s suggestion that school districts — instead of the state — begin paying for increases in teacher pensions, this latest bill indicates a willingness to plug holes in the distressed Kansas budget by taking money from elementary and secondary education.
While a top Kansas geologist says fracking isn’t directly causing a huge spike in earthquakes, state officials should spend the money needed to improve seismic monitoring stations to better evaluate this problem.
Kansas Citians take great pride in their extensive system of boulevards and parkways, often rightly so. At two public hearings, Parks and Recreation Department officials properly want to know what residents would like to see in the future when it comes to development along the roadways.
The Kansas City Royals’ annual FanFest begins Friday at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. The two-day event includes appearances by the players, autograph sessions and interactive activities. Find hours, ticket information here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.