INSIGHT KANSAS: The hollow state

From the Hays Post: “When considering “failed states,” we often think of Syria or Libya, where civic breakdowns, violence, and the lack of a viable government lead to chaos. So it’s pushing things more than a bit to think of Kansas as a failed state. But it’s certainly a weakened…

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Kansas’ Insane Right-Wing Experiment Is About to Destroy Its Roads

From Moneybox: By Henry Grabar “Kansas has had trouble paying for much of anything since 2012, when conservative legislators decided to implement a bevy of right-wing economic policies—and lead their state into a fiscal crisis.” “In order to keep funding its government despite dramatically decreased tax revenue, the Legislature has…

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Time to throw bums out of Legislature

An opinion from The Wichita Eagle: BY H. EDWARD FLENTJE “Kansas voters may be ready to throw the bums out in upcoming elections. Why? Because many Kansans see their state government as one big mess.” “Nearly three of every four Kansans recently surveyed gave poor marks to the performance of…

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Pillaging Kansas

From The Hays Daily News: “Gov. Sam Brownback made good Wednesday on the legislative directive to reduce state spending — slashing it by $97 million.” “Unwilling or unable to make cuts themselves, lawmakers left it up to the governor to bring expenses in line with diminished revenues. Prohibited by law…

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BUDGET CUTS PUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN TROUBLE

From The Gardner News: James Hoyt KU Statehouse Wire Service “The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently found itself at the center of debates over Kansas’ budget. Since 2010, KDOT officials say the department has transferred $1.8 billion to the state general fund. Most have been to help balance the…

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