Kansas think tank argues truth being twisted in deficit warnings

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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Words can be a tricky thing, with different meanings in different scenarios.

Take, for example, the word “deficit.” Now, nearly anyone can tell you what in means in reference to, say, the federal government. And most who know the basics of the Kansas Constitution will tell you the state is forbidden from running a fiscal deficit.

But you wouldn’t know that listening to the political chatter as of late.

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Week in Review: Books, anger and food stamps

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments


The last few days have seen tempers flare as the heat has turned on local and state government officials. But it’s summer, what else would you expect?

Stay inside and beat the heat while catching up on our rundown of the week’s headlines.

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Kansas SNAPs streak of rising food stamp errors

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

SNAP'd: After several years of rising errors, Kansas has finally managed to get its SNAP payments under control.

Kansas flubbed more than $18.9 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Payments during FY2013.

But hey, look on the bright side, the state has finally managed to snap its streak of rising payment errors stretching back to 2010.

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Kansas Freedom Index strikes a nerve with some lawmakers

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

Rep. Ed Trimmer

The 2014 Freedom Index for Kansas legislators is out, and not everybody is keen to talk about their spot in the rankings.

Compiled by the Kansas Police Institute, the index has been a post-session retrospective staple since 2012. The index ranks state lawmakers according to votes on various pieces of legislation; positive points are awarded for moves supporting economic freedom, student-focused education, limited government and individual liberty, while negative points are awarded for opposing such principles.

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KS town relents, says little library can stay — for now

By   /  July 8, 2014  /  Kansas, Local Government, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Travis Perry

Chalk one up for the little guy.

After initially being forced to remove his Little Free Library from his front yard, 9-year-old Spencer Collins on Monday made his case before the Leawood City Council, which issued a moratorium on code enforcements against such front yard structures – at least for the time being.

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Week in Review: Bad press, books and fraud

By   /  July 4, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

Adventure Time Book

The Fourth of July and its annual celebration of freedom is upon us! But while you celebrate being an American by blowing things up and firing up the grill, make sure you review what you might have missed in the run-up to the holiday weekend.

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