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"It will take a long time to wade through the 139-page ruling, but even a cursory examination makes it clear that the three-judge panel didn’t let the facts get in the way of their decision. Instead, they made what amounts to a political decision that says the Legislature must increase funding by at least $548 million to meet the Rose standards even though school districts don’t know how to measure those standards." http://kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/124008.aspx


Kansas school funding decision ignores facts in arriving at a political decision
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Today’s ruling on Gannon v. State of Kansas in which the Shawnee County District Court declared school funding to be unconstitutionally low ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts’ contentions.  The three-judge panel ma
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KPI president Dave Trabert on today's ruling in the on-going school finance litigation, "This ruling willfully ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts' contentions. The judges may even have ignored the State Supreme Court's order that adequacy is to be determined on whether outcomes - as defined by the Rose capacities - are being met. The judges essentially dusted off their original decision that was rejected by the Supreme Court and added some new legal jargon attempting to justify their original action in arriving at what is little more than a political decision."

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A plan for balancing the Kansas state budget

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert presents KPI's plan to balance the state's budget without service reductions or tax increases. Trabert spoke a...
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Wichita Hotel Glut Mirrors Past Mistakes
Posted by Todd Davidson on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wichita’s hotel developments are beginning to follow the same path that many government induced supply surges took before them.  From the Wichita Eagle today:

Wichita hoteliers are struggling to recover after hitting bottom in 2010 because the market keeps adding hotel rooms…

Hotels downtown are seeing a lot of new or upgraded rooms in the last three years with the assistance of local and state tax incentives.

These include the $11.5 million Fairfield Inn & Suites Wichita Downtown, which opened last year; and the $29 million renovation of the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, also completed last year. 

If that’s not enough taxpayer funded rooms for your upcoming family reunion, you are in for a treat when the new 117 room, taxpayer supported Ambassador Hotel opens in December.  All of this on-top of the 303 room, city-owned Hyatt Regency.  With occupancy rates hovering around 50% it’s only a matter of time before hotels begin closing up shop.

This is an all too common story of government incentives.

Homeownership enjoys an indulgence of government incentives at the Federal, state, and local levels.  These incentives helped boost housing supply to bubble proportions.  When the glut of housing was realized the bubble popped and we are still reeling from The Great Recession.

The student loan crisis is following this very same path.  Government induced the supply of college education with tax credits and cheap loans; the excess supply caused the value of degrees to drop; the bubble is bursting, (but the debt stays) and many of those with debt can’t find work to earn wages and pay down their loans because the economy continues to tumble.

Kansas STAR bonds program forced taxpayers to subsidize a massive outdoor shopping mall, which merely steals economic activity from other non-subsidized retailers, leading the less fortunate to closure.

Those calling for big empty office and manufacturing buildings should pay attention.  The economic fundamentals are simple, incentives lead to supply increases not matched by consumer demand.  The oversaturated market then leads to the shuttering of homes, shops, and hotels while taxpayers are left holding the bag.

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