Will the proposed Wichita sales tax result in more paved streets? It depends on what you mean by “pave.” Bob Weeks explains.
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The case of Beechcraft and economic development incentives holds several lessons as Wichita considers a new tax with a portion devoted to incentives.
Will Wichita city officials and sales tax boosters attend an educational event produced by a leading Kansas public policy institute? It will be an opportunity for city officials to demonstrate their commitment to soliciting input from the community.
As the City of Wichita asks for more tax money for infrastructure, Wichita voters need to be aware of the projected costs of the city's deferred maintenance.
Analysis of household expenditure data shows that a proposed sales tax in Wichita affects low income families in greatest proportion, confirming the regressive nature of sales taxes.
When Wichita city council member Lavonta Williams voted in favor of the Wichita sales tax ballot placement, did she understand that anyone who spends $133.00 per month on taxable purchases will see a $1.33 rise in their monthly sales tax expense?
Supporters of a proposed sales tax in Wichita promise there will be no conflicts of interest when making spending decisions. That would be a welcome departure from present city practice.
Claims by boosters of a proposed Wichita sales tax that the city will be transparent in how money is spent must be examined in light of the city's attitude towards citizens' right to know.
Supporters of the proposed Wichita sales tax contend that the millions in incentives Boeing received were not cash. That's true -- they were more valuable than cash.
Supporters of a proposed Wichita sales tax contend there is only one alternative for paying for a new water supply, and it is presented as unwise.
The cost of the proposed Wichita sales tax to households is a matter of dispute. I present my figures, and suggest that "Yes Wichita" do the same.
The claim that the "city never gave Boeing incentives" will come as news to the Wichita city officials who dished out over $600 million in subsidies and incentives to the company.
Kansas Policy Institute is hosting a conference titled "Fostering Economic Growth in Wichita," focusing on the economic development, or jobs, portion of the proposed sales tax.
A group promoting the proposed Wichita sales tax makes an arithmetic error, which gives us a chance to ask a question: Is this error an indication of Yes Wichita and the city's attitude towards, and concern for, factual information?
In making the case that economic development incentives are necessary and successful in creating jobs, a Wichita campaign overlooks the really big picture.
There truly is no need to rush such an important decision that will cost us all. Voters should reject this haphazard proposal. Let’s start over and make a real effort to engage our community’s citizens to find out what we all can do to make this great City even better. Let’s invest in ourselves, not some committee whose job is to give away our tax money.
A former Wichita mayor wonders what happened to Wichita’s water supply. Then, meet Gidget, a Kansas blogger I think you will enjoy. Finally, how can you use your smartphone to help candidates and causes?
A look at some of the primary elections results this week. What did voters say, and what should we look for in the November general election and the future past that?
In Sedgwick County, two fiscally conservative commission candidates prevailed.
The Wichita economy has not performed well. Could cronyism be a contributing factor? Mayor Carl Brewer says it’s time to put politics and special interests aside. Is our political leadership capable of doing this?