• Are you ready for another tax increase?

    Are you ready for another tax increase?0

    Unless legislators change their tax-and-spending-spree ways, Kansans have another big tax increase coming in the near future.  The nearly $500 million spending increase just approved for fiscal years 2017 through 2019 pushes General Fund spending to $6.609 billion; that’s $1.3 billion more than if spending had just been increased for inflation since FY 1995. Kansas

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  • School administrators in Kansas got large pay hikes last year

    School administrators in Kansas got large pay hikes last year0

    Kansans who’ve been bombarded with media reports of schools being underfunded might be surprised to learn that some school administrators received large pay hikes in the 2017 school year.  Open Records requests submitted to to 21 districts representing 50 percent of students statewide produced multiple examples of school administrators receiving more than a 5 percent

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  • Pay Hikes at Johnson County Community College

    Pay Hikes at Johnson County Community College0

    The 25 highest paid employees at Johnson County Community College each took home well in excess of $100,000 in the 2017 school year and some of them received double-digit pay increases.  Data provided through an Open Records request and posted to KansasOpenGov.org shows President & CEO Joseph Sopcich was paid just shy of $325,000.  Two

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  • Kansas City School District Boosts Pay but Not for Teachers

    Kansas City School District Boosts Pay but Not for Teachers0

    The Kansas City school district, one of several Kansas districts using taxpayer money to sue for more funding, managed to provide some pretty hefty pay increases for top management last year.  Total pay for the Kansas City school district increased by 3.8 percent to $168.8 million but teachers saw very little increase.  Collectively, those identified

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  • KCKCC Pay Jumps 11 Percent

    KCKCC Pay Jumps 11 Percent0

    An Open Records request of the Kansas City, KS Community College shows an 11 percent increase in the KCKCC pay for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.   The adjacent table of the 25 highest paid employees shows pay changes ranging from a 1 percent decline to a 217.8 percent increase.  Eleven of the twenty-five

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  • Schools Defend Massive Income Tax Hike

    Schools Defend Massive Income Tax Hike0

    As Kansans collect smaller paychecks this month because of the massive income tax hike passed by the Legislature, school districts’ lobbying arm is defending it as an ‘investment.’  The Kansas Association of School Boards recently said the tax increase “…has been defended by many as necessary to stabilize the budget and comply with a Supreme

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