Steve Rose

Steve Rose: Pluses and minuses of tax policy not so simple

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback held a news conference and traveled the radio circuit to make this claim: The largest tax increase in Kansas’ history, which he had just signed, was not really a tax increase at all. It was, in fact, a tax cut when viewed in a bigger picture. I am trying very hard to make sense of what the governor is saying.

Steve Rose

Readers respond to the story of a hardworking and grateful family

Jane Smith — not her real name — wrote to me: “Tell this person thanks from the bottom of my heart. God is so awesome. Blessings are just overflowing.” Jane is the mother in a hardworking family of four I wrote about recently. She and her family were contrasted with “Emily,” who has been on welfare since she was in high school and is now 32.

Steve Rose

Kris Kobach’s pursuit of ‘double voters’ in Kansas is hollow

While all eyes were focused last week on the Kansas budget, without fanfare a new law was passed and sent to the governor to sign that turns Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office into the voter fraud police, as well as the state’s attorney general. Lawmakers and the governor took away the power from county district attorneys.

Steve Rose

Family of four lives in another economic trap

In his op-ed column, Steve Rose writes of a Lee’s Summit family referred to him by a reader: “The Smiths cannot get ahead, and an emergency could put them in deep financial trouble. They cannot afford to buy a house and they cannot save. They are just getting by. Barely.”

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