Week in Review: Cameras, economics, violence and drugs

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

Huell money

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — By now you’ve been eyeing this weekend with thoughts of glazed hams, colored eggs and chocolate rabbits running through your head. But wait!
Before you go hunting for your own basket, check out ours, loaded with news confections we’ve been collecting since Monday.
And I promise, you won’t have [...]

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Watchdog report spurs Wichita police spending scrutiny

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Kansas, law enforcement, Marijuana, News, Open Records, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Wichita Police Department can’t seem to catch a break.

Only hours after Kansas Watchdog revealed yesterday the law enforcement agency’s massive spike in drug tax revenue – the spending of which Capt. Doug Nolte said the police department doesn’t track – local media pounced.

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Law enforcement reap big payouts from War on Drugs

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Kansas, law enforcement, Marijuana, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

SEEING GREEN: Since 2010, at least two Kansas police departments have seen a sudden spike in revenues because of the state's taxation laws on illegal narcotics. From 2010 to 2012, almost 60 percent of all drug incidents involved marijuana, according to statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Crime doesn’t pay, unless you’re a Kansas law enforcement agency reaping the spoils of war.

The War on Drugs, that is.

Buried deep within state statute is a little-known provision that directly rewards police departments for busting-up the local narcotics scene, and it does so using the government’s oldest trick in the book: taxes.

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Kansas outpacing surrounding states for brighter economic future

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Economy, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

kansas flag sun

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Kansas has a better future than any other surrounding state, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Time to focus cameras on Kansas Legislature

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Commentary, Kansas  /  No Comments

TUNE IN: Kansas lawmakers opposed to online video of public meetings should question their own commitment to their constituents.

Excuse me while I put on my hipster glasses for a few paragraphs.

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