Bar fight imminent as mom-and-pops battle big chains over booze

By   /  January 4, 2013  /  Capitalism, Featured, Free Market, Kansas, News  /  1 Comment

BOOZE WAR: Mom-and-pop liquor store owners who've dominated Kansas distribution since the state repealed prohibition inspired by Carrie Nation in 1881, now worry Big Retail will force them out.

Kansas, where legendary Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White once said voters “staggered to the polls every two years and voted dry,” is headed for another legislative bar fight.

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KS: Trip over fiscal cliff more of a stumble

By   /  January 2, 2013  /  Featured, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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FAIRWAY – Kansas’ trip over the fiscal cliff isn’t like the climactic scene from the movie Thelma and Louise, the way economists describe it. It’s more like Wile E. Coyote’s delayed drop in those classic Warner Brothers cartoons.

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Twinkies layoffs show up in Kansas unemployment reports

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  Featured, Kansas, News  /  1 Comment

NO ANSWER: Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor failed to respond to a Kansas Watchdog Freedom of Information Act request within the time permitted by federal law.

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
FAIRWAY –  Ghosts of Twinkies past are starting to show up in Kansas jobless numbers.
Kansas’ unemployment rate dipped 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 5.4 percent during November, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday. That’s one full percentage point lower than a year ago.
But separate numbers, without the seasonal [...]

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Christmas miracle! In Kansas, taxpayer money flows even when state workers stay home

By   /  December 20, 2012  /  Kansas WatchBlog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
FAIRWAY – Kansas government burns through more than $40 million a day when it’s working.
That’s just a back-of-the-envelope calculation — more than $14 billion in state taxes, federal aid and other revenue divided by 365 days a year.
What about when the government isn’t working? Spending appears to continue, though that [...]

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KS: Your $140K helps keep jobs in Kansas, but not many

By   /  December 18, 2012  /  Featured, Kansas, Kansas Government, News  /  No Comments

New jobs are hard to find, say Topeka developers who just voted $140,000 to lure them

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
TOPEKA – Using $140,000 in taxpayer money to keep an employer isn’t a kind of corporate Christmas, the spenders say.
It’s business.
Thing is, those employers probably have no plans to go anywhere. Still, the money flows.
Topeka city and Shawnee County leaders serving on the Joint Economic Development Organization, or JEDO, voted last [...]

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