<![CDATA[Steve Rose | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:07:05 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:07:05 CDT Steve Rose 60 Gov. Sam Brownback’s order to rescind ban on LGBT bias adds to Kansas’ image problem http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article21109458.html#storylink=rss It is not too late for Sam Brownback to do the right thing — rescind his discriminatory LGBT policy. He can do that immediately, without any input from the Legislature. He picked a fight that was unnecessary and sent a signal to the nation that Kansas is mean-spirited and insensitive.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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This woman’s story illustrates the ‘welfare trap’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article20559345.html#storylink=rss Emily is smart, college-educated and has lived in Johnson County for years, almost completely on public assistance. Even now, after the latest welfare reform in Kansas, Emily is still getting away with major help from taxpayers.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Kansas election change is a takeover ruse by the right http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article20038644.html#storylink=rss By changing the date of local elections, the insidious plot in Topeka is to fill every locally elected position in Kansas with a right-wing extremist, particularly in Johnson County.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 22:00:00 CDT

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An east vs. west clash is growing in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article19422414.html#storylink=rss An urban/rural split in Kansas has been going on as long as I can remember, but now it might be escalating into something more serious. Suddenly, western Kansans feel as if eastern Kansas is out to get them.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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How to find $600 million for the Kansas budget http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article18804195.html#storylink=rss If Jim Denning has anything to say about it — and he most certainly does — the days of cutting expenses to dig out of the impending $600 million deficit in Kansas are pretty much over.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Don’t hold back ambitious school districts in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article18219989.html#storylink=rss Gutting the Kansas school finance formula and starting from scratch — with temporary lump-sum block grants to tide schools over — was the right thing to do. And thanks to the increased funding through the block grant, it appears Shawnee Mission may be able finally to offer all-day kindergarten without charging parents thousands of dollars a year.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Time will tell whether Kansas revenue optimism is justified http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article17345327.html#storylink=rss As long as I have known Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan, he has been an upbeat, optimistic person. So when he says he is “pleased with the economic indicators” in Kansas and that he is “happy with where Kansas is at,” I believe he means it.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Johnson County will have school-fund power http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article16680875.html#storylink=rss The Kansas Legislature has finally decided to ditch the formula that, in addition to punishing wealthier districts, had become monstrously complicated. The goal is to create a new formula in two years.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:15:25 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback shows courage with a softening stance on Medicaid http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article15534953.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he was neither for nor against expanding Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, “if it meets his own personal financial concerns.” But he said if he was presented with a proposal to expand Medicaid in Kansas, he would likely sign the bill.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Flaws in the makeup of the Area Transportation Authority board need to be fixed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article14043431.html#storylink=rss The makeup of the governing board of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is out of whack and thus makes a mockery of fair representation. The ATA has lots of plans brewing for its future, but nothing much can go forward until this unbelievably outmoded board representation is fixed.

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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Kansas Sen. Jeff Melcher needs a remedial lesson in school math http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article12865235.html#storylink=rss Kansas Sen. Jeff Melcher, a conservative Republican, did a smear job on the Shawnee Mission School District with figures that are a perverse distortion of the truth. And, as a businessman, he must know it.

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Cuba can prosper under new relation with U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article11375006.html#storylink=rss Cuba, situated only 90 miles from the largest economy in the world, could increase its standard of living at a staggering pace, if only the Cuban government would loosen its controls, and if the U.S. would treat Cuba no differently than we treat China.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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No matter where you live, the revival of downtown Kansas City is a great investment http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article10769627.html#storylink=rss Perched where I sit in Johnson County, I can only marvel at how downtown Kansas City has been resurrected. All that is missing is a statue of Kay Barnes, the former mayor who pushed through its renaissance.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST By STEVE ROSE

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More school budget cuts in Kansas would be a travesty http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article10089179.html#storylink=rss No one expects the Kansas Supreme Court to act swiftly, but there is a growing consensus that the high court will find current state spending for schools to be inadequate. The bitter irony is, even as school districts have been under the gun to just get by — because of cuts since 2009 — the governor and Legislature appear to be on a trajectory to cut millions of dollars from school budgets.

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Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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As Kansas cuts the budget, politicians weigh who will care http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article9468359.html#storylink=rss Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of legislators and the governor who want to take a meat-ax to the state’s budget. They may have done the calculus: Most people will just shrug their shoulders.

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Major park is in the works for Johnson County http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article8830736.html#storylink=rss If all goes as planned, Johnson County would finally have a large, magnificent park in the middle of the county. This would be one of the most significant events in Johnson County in my memory.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article8830736.html
Few people really understand this muddled budget crisis in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article8025033.html#storylink=rss What is occurring in the state is so confusing, very few understand what’s going on. What everyone should know is the answer to this simple question: When Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature slashed income and business taxes at a magnitude unprecedented in state history, what exactly were they looking to accomplish?

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:00:00 CST

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Arthur Laffer’s view on the Kansas economy: Prosperity awaits patient tax cutters http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article7024256.html#storylink=rss Celebrity economist Arthur Laffer told me that he was not surprised by the huge deficits Kansas is facing due to massive tax cuts. “You have to view this over 10 years,” Laffer said. “It will work in Kansas.”

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Rep. Kevin Yoder stands to gain a political boost from his banking errand http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article5732211.html#storylink=rss U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder has just earned the love and affection of the nation’s largest banks by ushering through the House of Representatives an amendment attached to the $1.1 trillion spending bill that repealed a part of the Frank-Dodd law. Guess who is now well positioned to run an expensive campaign for higher office?

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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Jeb Bush would be a lock for the GOP in the 2016 presidential campaign http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article5350368.html#storylink=rss No matter what many political pundits say, I believe Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Furthermore, the former governor of Florida is the only Republican candidate in sight who can beat Hillary Clinton (who, I believe, has nearly a 100 percent chance of running).

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Sat, 03 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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From politics to oil, there are plenty of wide turns ahead in 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article5015313.html#storylink=rss Time for predictions for 2015. What will happen to the border war in tax breaks, Sen. Claire McCaskill, body cameras for police, Gov. Sam Brownback, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, interest rates, immigrants, Venezuela and Cuba in the coming year?

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Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:00:00 CST

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A huge holiday gift reflects community spirit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4693122.html#storylink=rss Two large semitrailers of food were scheduled to arrive Saturday at the local headquarters of the Salvation Army, in time for Christmas dinners to be delivered to 6,000 families throughout the Kansas City area, from Olathe to Grain Valley.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:00:00 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4693122.html
Here’s what fiscal pain in Kansas will look like http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4453087.html#storylink=rss If Kansas were a family, it would be as if, to deal with the shortfall, the family invaded its college fund, its retirement fund and its savings account, then mortgaged the house to the hilt. Then the family decided to endure a slight sacrifice by cutting a small part of its expenses by 4 percent.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:00:00 CST

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President’s executive action leaves too many what-ifs for those living in immigration shadows http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4300490.html#storylink=rss Based on my tiny, unscientific poll of three undocumented immigrants (sorry, Mr. Kobach, but I can’t recall their names), the president’s “temporary” relief for some immigrants is not going over all that well.

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Sat, 06 Dec 2014 09:00:00 CST

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Don’t expect Jeb Bush to face Hillary Clinton on the 2016 presidential ballot http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4189947.html#storylink=rss Charlie Cook, one of the most respected political experts in the country, believes there is only a 25-30 percent chance that Hillary Clinton will not run for president, and in any case he thinks she is either “rusty” or “she has lost her fastball.” The author of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter for almost 30 years also disappointed a local audience when he did not give Jeb Bush much of a chance of gaining the Republican nomination.

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:00:00 CST

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Upon further review, Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has a point about state employees http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4051259.html#storylink=rss "“Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer," Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick recently said of state employees. Op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes: "I have little doubt Ray Merrick thinks state government is too big and can be shrunk further. But I do not believe Merrick is as callous as he came across in the newspaper interview."

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:00:00 CST

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Tornadic budget cuts are whirling toward Kansas, and the consequences are unclear http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article3939336.html#storylink=rss In a perverse way, watching the impending financial disaster unfold in Kansas is captivating. It’s like watching in awe as a tornado drops from the sky. It is frightening, but you can’t take your eyes off it.

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:00:00 CST

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Polls were not needed in Kansas to know how the wind blows http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article3651098.html#storylink=rss I was counting on the premise that Democrats and independents, as well as moderate Republicans, would simply not show up in adequate numbers, particularly in western Kansas.

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Sat, 08 Nov 2014 09:00:00 CST

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On Tuesday, Kansas voters will stick with the status quo http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article3498488.html#storylink=rss Here are my predictions for the Nov. 4 elections for the U.S. Senate and other key races in Kansas. Some of these races are among the most difficult to predict ever.

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Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:00:00 CDT

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Call me a RINO and hear me roar for Paul Davis for Kansas governor http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article3356435.html#storylink=rss “To some conservative Republicans, any deviation from the party line is treason. That makes it a cult, not a political party. Only cults demand blind loyalty to its leaders, no matter what,” writes op-ed columnist Steve Rose, who is breaking ranks with the Republican Party and supporting Democrat Paul Davis for Kansas governor.

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:00:00 CDT

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