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Calling all Wichitans! Want to pay higher sales taxes to fund, amongst other things, street paving and bus transit? Learn more about the proposal this Thursday at WSU Metroplex. Free and open to the public. Please register here: http://kansaspolicy.org/events/121100.aspx?view=c


Moving Wichitans in the Future: Paving and Transit Via Sales Tax?
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A review of the paving and transit portions of the proposed 1% sales tax in the City of Wichita.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:30:40 +0000
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Is a new tax in City of Wichita- Government the right way to maintain streets and provide bus transit? What are some other possible solutions to the problem? 23 October event to learn more. http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article2906173.html RSVP in first comment.


KPI to host forum on transit and street maintenance components of sales tax referendum
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The Kansas Policy Institute, a conservative Wichita nonprofit organization, is hosting its final community forum on the components of the upcoming sales tax referendum.
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How will the upcoming elections impact Freedom in America and Kansas? Hear Scott Rasmussen's thoughts and predictions at the KPI annual dinner on October 28 in Wichita. Register today at www.KansasPolicy.org/Rasmussen2014


2014 Elections and America's Future
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School Board Member Not Being Honest
Posted by Dave Trabert on Sunday, March 18, 2012
A commentary in the Wichita Eagle by USD 259 school board member Connie Dietz attempts to blame Governor Brownback and the current legislature for school closings and is loaded with false information.

It is disingenuous at best to blame school closings on the current governor and legislature when the changes to school funding, which were prompted by a serious recession, began under a previous governor and legislature.

 And the overall impact of the changes has not been even close to those claimed by Ms. Dietz.  Neither state funding nor overall funding have been 'cut back to 1999 levels' and she knows it.  Ms. Dietz is only referencing a piece of state funding.  The truth, as provided by the Kansas Dept. of Education and Wichita financial reports, is that:

 - State support of public education in 1999 was $2.04 billion; this year it is expected to be $3.2 billion.

 - Total taxpayer support increased from $3.2 billion in 1999 to $5.7 billion this year.

 - KSDE online records for individual districts only go back to 2002 but show state aid per-pupil for Wichita was $4,812; last year it was $7,092.
 
- Total taxpayer aid to Wichita schools was $8,393 per-pupil in 2002; last year it was $13,069.

When governments talk about budget cuts, they are most often talking about reducing their plans to spend more rather than actually spending less money.  According to data provided by KSDE, the Wichita district has spent more money every single year.  The pace of the increase certainly slowed in the past few years but they are still spending more money every single year.

Even their current operating expenses have increased.  The first column below shows total spending for USD 259 from the Kansas Comparative Performance and Fiscal System; the second column shows current spending, with all Capital Outlay and Debt Service removed (all figures in millions):

2005   $422.4   $383.4
2006   $468.1   $429.7
2007   $527.1   $471.3
2008   $552.0   $507.6
2009   $573.9   $523.5
2010   $585.5   $524.3
2011   $603.8   $526.9

The recession certainly created a lot of unfortunate challenges for everyone but taxpayers and parents deserve honesty from elected officials, not political rhetoric and false information.
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