Deteriorating, dangerous jails and prisons in Kansas and Missouri have dominated the headlines this summer. The problems must be addressed quickly on practical and moral grounds. And solving the challenges won’t get easier over time.
The Senate will take one last run at passing a bill to replace Obamacare. Sen. Jerry Moran may be the key vote on a motion to even debate the bill and may be able to kill it before the process even starts. Kansas is watching.
After a bitter 2004 argument, is there anyone who now thinks the Sprint Center was a mistake? The arena has fallen short of some commitments, but it has provided a place to entertain millions of people in and around Kansas City while actually providing City Hall with extra cash from time to time. It’s likely we’ll feel the same about a new KCI 10 or 15 years from now.
The Senate health care bill makes dramatic cuts to future spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program for the working poor. Those cuts may just be a prelude to a massive battle over entitlement spending for Medicare and Social Security, the nation’s two biggest social programs.
Congress is considering a national tax plan that’s remarkably similar to the one that Kansas just repealed, and other states are pondering their own tax schemes, using Kansas as a template — or a cautionary tale. So understanding what happened under Gov. Sam Brownback is essential.
Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas met with 500 constituents at a town hall meeting Monday in Lenexa, the biggest such assembly of his career. Voters are paying attention — not only to what Moran and his colleagues say, but to what they do.
The airport election will be about trust. Launching the campaign with a surprise, no-bid deal involving a well-connected local company and a unique financing mechanism is virtually guaranteed to arouse distrust and suspicion among voters.
The Trump administration’s infrastructure plan remains a hazy promise at best. Meantime, Kansas City is contending with a deteriorating bridge, a crowded jail, unfunded highways, a failing airport and sewers that overflow when it rains.
Senate Republicans and Democrats are thinking about realistic adjustments to the Affordable Care Act. Letting the toughest cases enroll in Medicare might be a way to fix a serious problem with minimal cost.
There’s growing evidence that many public officials believe questions need only be answered every couple of years at the voting booth. We can’t elect council members and senators and governors and walk away. We must ask questions and get answers.
When local engineering firm Burns & McDonnell said it would “privately finance” the airport project, some thought that meant the company would pay for KCI upgrades out of its own pocket. Let’s clear this up now: If you use the airport, you will help pay for the new terminal.