Category: Opinion

Farming is ripe with learning experiences

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences. For generations, children who grow up and work with their parents on the family farm have learned valuable skills about cultivating crops. While they are learning to sow seeds, cultivate weeds and harvest […]

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KPEC welcomes veto override re: tax cuts

by Bernie Koch KPEC executive director The Kansas Economic Progress Council welcomes passage of Senate Bill 30 by the House and Senate veto override Tuesday night, June 6. KEPC opposed the 2012 income tax cuts and has worked to reverse them for the past five years. Low taxes can be an important element in attracting and growing some businesses. However, […]

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The why and what of our new tax bill

by Rep. Don Hineman Kansas House of Representatives The Kansas Senate and House voted June 6 to override Gov. Brownback’s veto of a bill designed to generate additional revenues for state government. The bill replaces the two-bracket income tax system adopted in 2012 with a new three-bracket system. It accomplishes several important objectives: • Once again imposes income tax on […]

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Kansas’ good roads hit funding pot hole

by John Carlin Former Kansas Governor Investments in our highway infrastructure are critical to economic development in Kansas. During my admin­istration in the early 1980s, we dedicated the sales tax paid on roadway products to the Kansas Depart­ment of Transportation for the purpose of funding necessary roadway maintenance. This was followed by Gov. Mike Hayden’s comprehensive highway bill adopted in […]

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Very little happening as deadlines near

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The second week of veto session is much like the first. Very little is happening as the Legislature, and seemingly more the Senate, is searching for a solution to get enough votes to bring the session to a close. What is really going on is that budgets are mostly in place, but […]

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Can we close the budget gap?

by Duane Goossen Kansas Center for Economic Growth As the Kansas Legisla­ture begins a “wrap-up” session, how big is the budget gap that must be closed in order to adequately fund schools and repair the state’s dismal financial situation? Recent revisions to the general fund revenue forecast predict tax collections to be about $50 million a year higher than previously […]

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Keeping food safe is everybody’s business

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau Seems some in our society today remain anxious about the food they buy and serve to their families. While it’s not a recent phenomenon, questions about food safety are bound to occur. While some food safety problems occur on the farm, many more occur in the kitchen, where food can be mishandled or poorly […]

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There’s a reason foster kids have reached a historic high

Shortly after Gov. Sam Brownback took office in 2011, there were almost 5,200 children in Kansas’ foster care system. Today, there are more than 6,900. The prospect of adding 1,700 kids to a system that was already stretched thin was beyond most policymakers’ imagination six years ago. Kansas had privatized most of its child-protection responsibilities in the late ’90s after […]

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Earth Day: Work this world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 47th observance of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. The original premise of Earth Day was to promote the conservation of our natural resources. It is only fitting that on this day we showcase the progress of the Kansas farmer […]

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Legislature enters first adjournment

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The last week of the regular legislative session is here. Friday, April 7, is scheduled as first adjournment. Talk was we may even adjourn Thursday, April 6, but when Thursday came it was apparent that would not be the case. Then we have about three weeks off before returning for veto session […]

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