Steve Rose

Steve Rose

New sheriff must corral overtime pay for deputies

Some Johnson County deputies are thrilled with overtime. It is not unusual for a master deputy to earn $75,000 in overtime in one year. And there is great incentive to pile up as much overtime as possible, especially in years right before retirement. Under the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS, lifetime retirement income is based on an average of the final three earning years.

Steve Rose

Delayed pain leads to voter apathy in Kansas

Here’s the dirty little secret as to why so many moderate Republicans in Kansas, especially in Johnson County, will not bother to vote in the August primary. Despite the fact that approval ratings for Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature are in the toilet, the direct impact of their sins has not yet been felt. And if the impact has not yet hit home, all the headlines about mismanagement of the state’s budget may seem like a distant dream, or maybe a distant nightmare.

Steve Rose

Phony numbers meant to smear superb Kansas services

The Kansas “Fallacy” Institute, er, I mean Kansas Policy Institute, headquartered in Wichita, is called a think-tank. But that is a misnomer because the folks who crank out numbers there don’t really think about issues at all. Rather, they take a preconceived notion that government and schools are enormously wasteful and inefficient, and then concoct absurd calculations to make it seem so.

Steve Rose

Stage is set for epic Kansas GOP showdown

Aug. 2 may be one of the most important elections for Republicans in modern Kansas history. On that primary election date, Republicans will decide whether the Brownback “bad guys” will continue to rule the Legislature or turn over to the “good guys” the keys to the Capitol.

Steve Rose

Ben Craig and Johnson County are inseparable

Those who don’t know Ben Craig may think his request to throw a portion of his ashes in the air along Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park is a bit odd. But this 87-year-old civic leader, who has cancer and been given three months to live, has rational reasons for this unusual request.

Steve Rose

Kansas legislators will comply with Supreme Court’s ruling on schools

The Kansas Legislature, or governor, or both will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling. But the outcome is likely to be ugly. The Kansas Supreme Court just dropped the first of what is likely to be two shoes on the Legislature. The justices predictably declared the disparity between state funding for poor school districts and wealthier districts to be unconstitutional.

Steve Rose

Kris Kobach could be next governor of Sunflower State

No one will be in a better spot to win the governor’s seat than Kris Kobach, unless he wants to waits for a U.S. Senate run. The Kansas secretary of state since 2011 has enormous statewide name identification. Not only that, but he has considerable name recognition and a following nationally because of his crusade against illegal immigration. Money would pour into his campaign from all over Kansas and all over America.

Steve Rose

Kansas revenue secretary offers rosy picture

On the overall view of the Kansas economy and the budget, Nick Jordan and columnist Steve Rose sharply disagree. Even when they largely agree on the same set of facts, Jordan presents a picture that is pretty rosy, while Rose see things as very bleak.

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Meet the neighbors: Sprint welcomes employees new to Kansas City with a party

Sprint has brought 100 families to the Kansas City area by hiring new employees from all over the world. On Saturday, they got a welcome party from CEO Marcelo Claure. "It gives me a chance to meet their families," he said. "I think Monday when we all come back to work, we're a happier family and we're all more energized."
Mark Davis The Kansas City Star
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