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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday March 29, 2011

Today: Follow-up to Koch profile; the decline of Detroit: a lesson for Wichita?; Moran to vote "no" on debt ceiling; golden geese on the move; legislators will have more access to SRS case files; Wichita unemployment rate improving, government planners vs. individuals.

Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday December 27, 2010

Today: This week at Wichita City Council, Kansas schools' unspent funds, Which Brownback will govern, Rapidly rising costs at Kansas Universities criticized, States and their pension problems, Airport security found lacking.

Michelle Malkin delivers conservative message in Wichita

At a fundraising event for Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach, conservative author, journalist, and columnist Michelle Malkin delivered a message that appealed to conservatives, although not necessarily the Republican establishment. Her most recent book is Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies.

In endorsing his candidacy, Malkin praised Kobach as a conservative intellectual and a conservative activist.

KPERS report sparks backlash from Wichita SEIU

Recently Kansas University professor Art Hall, along with a co-author, published a study explaining the funding crisis in KPERS, the Kansas Public Employee Retirement system. In summary, the report states: "The key finding of the study is that the KPERS system will not be in actuarial balance over the thirty year amortization period set in GASB standards. This means that KPERS will continue to accumulate unfunded liabilities for the foreseeable future. It is highly likely that KPERS will continue to impose a heavy tax burden on future generations."

This finding has caused raised quite a protest from those who expect to receive a benefit from KPERS in retirement. It may be the school districts and teachers that are protesting the loudest. What's really strange is that they're protesting what appear to be facts based on solid research.

Astroturf, union style

The American left takes great delight in making accusations of "astroturfing." Meaning that nothing that conservatives or libertarians do, such as attending tea party protests or raising a ruckus at town hall meetings, is real. It's all driven from the top, the left says.

I wonder: When a government employee labor union provides a service to an event, is that evidence of grassroots or astroturf?

Sebelius takes cover in loving union arms

"Possibly to avoid any confrontation with concerned citizens who have read the proposed health care legislation in Congress, HHS Secretary Sebelius will hold a conference call on Friday with health care activists and SEIU members."

Wichita parks system is not a jobs program

The city has a responsibility to its citizens to operate as efficiently as possible. If it is possible to have work such as park maintenance done less expensively, the city should do so. It should have done so long ago.

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