• Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

    Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles0

    Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30

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  • Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news

    Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news1

    Fake news stories on the presidential election outperformed real news on Facebook according to a story recently published by online news site BuzzFeed and mainstream media, including CBS News, jumped all over it.  Even President Obama chimed in, saying that fake news “threatens democracy;” apparently saying “you can keep your doctor if you want” doesn’t count

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  • KC Biz Journal misleads on Johnson County property tax

    KC Biz Journal misleads on Johnson County property tax0

    We routinely see media sharing false information and if it appears to be an innocent mistake, we first give them an opportunity to correct their own mistake.  Last month, the Kansas City Business Journal inaccurately stated that Johnson County accounted for 34 percent of the property tax paid in Kansas, with Sedgwick County in second

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  • Olathe’s real spending increase is higher than explained

    Olathe’s real spending increase is higher than explained0

    The City of Olathe is proposing another big spending increase on pay and benefits, but you’d never know it from media reports.  According to the Kansas City Star, the city is only increasing spending by 4 percent, from $325.8 million to $339.3 million, but that isn’t exactly the case.  Those figures are inflated by fund

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  • Olathe and Johnson County misrepresent pending property tax increases

    Olathe and Johnson County misrepresent pending property tax increases0

    Misleading responses from the City of Olathe and Johnson County to a citizen’s inquiry about pending property tax increases are perfect examples of why the Legislature is allowing citizens to vote on property tax increases next year.  KPI’s report on pending property tax increases prompted a resident to ask Johnson County Commissioners, “I am interested

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  • Property tax hikes in the works

    Property tax hikes in the works0

    City Council members and County Commissioners across Kansas are deciding how much more to tax and spend next year, and the preliminary numbers are not encouraging across most of the larger population areas.  With inflation at 1.4 percent (June 2016 compared to December 2015), the smallest increase we found was 1.6 percent in Kansas City,

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