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Posts tagged as “Government planning”

Saving farms from people

Are humans with large suburban lots a danger to farms, as a Sedgwick County Commissioner claims?

Crown Heights residents not happy with city’s process

A proposed sports bar in an established Wichita neighborhood has some residents concerned, not only with the bar and its parking lot, but with procedures and transparency at Wichita City Hall.

In Wichita, creating more willing taxpayers

Is the goal of Wichita/Sedgwick County Community Investments Plan to create more willing taxpayers? A paper from the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public affairs gives us a clue -- and a warning.

Wichita waltzing waters dedication a chance to reflect

While the dedication ceremonies for Wichita's Waltzing Waters fountain are promoted as celebrations, we might use this opportunity to review the history and impact of WaterWalk, which has absorbed many millions of taxpayer subsidy with few results.

Wichita/Sedgwick County Community Investment Plan survey

A survey created for the Wichita/Sedgwick County Community Investment Plan has numerous problems and seems designed to satisfy the goals of government officials and planners instead of citizens.

Special interests will capture south-central Kansas planning

Special interest groups are likely to co-opt the government planning process started in south-central Kansas as these groups see ways to benefit from the plan. The public choice school of economics and political science has taught us how special interest groups seek favors from government at enormous costs to society, and we will see this at play over the next few years.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer on role of government

It's worse than "You didn't build that." Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer tells us you can't build that -- not without government guidance and intervention, anyway.

Intentions and results

When thinking about government policies, we must be extremely careful to distinguish between intentions and results, says Professor Don Boudreaux in a short video.

Special interest groups capture government

As Wichita and the surrounding region start to develop a government plan to manage our future, we have to be vigilant to ensure that the process is not co-opted or appropriated by special interest groups that see the planning process as a way to profit at the expense of everyone else. Unfortunately, the average person has very little motive to stay informed. The costs are dispersed and small on an individual basis, but the benefits are concentrated and large to special interest groups that organize themselves to benefit from government spending. This creates a dynamic where the special interest groups almost win at the expense of everyone else. The following excerpts from chapter 3 of "Government failure: a primer in public choice" help explain.

Wichita may choose more centralized planning

This Tuesday the Wichita City Council will consider its participation in the REAP sustainable communities planning process. Wichita ought to reject this expansion of centralized planning, as the outcome will likely serve special interests at the expense of economic growth and jobs for everyone else.

In Kansas, planning will be captured by special interests

The government planning process started in south-central Kansas will likely be captured by special interest groups that see ways to benefit from the plan. The public choice school of economics and political science has taught us how special interest groups seek favors from government at enormous costs to society, and we will see this at play again over the next few years.

Federal, United Nations planning imported to Wichita

The Sedgwick County Commission has decided to give a consortium of South Central Kansas governments and organizations broad control over community planning funded by a federal grant and based on a United Nations agenda.

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