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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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No Need for Sedgwick County Budget to Increase Taxes
Posted by Todd Davidson on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

With the threat of closing Judge James Riddel Boys Ranch, to save $1.2 million, some have been calling for an increase in property taxes.  Instead of asking for higher taxes, we should look at some choices Sedgwick County has.

Some of the $12.2 million going to “Economic Development” (tax money for private profit of preferred businesses) could be reprioritized to the ranch.

Perhaps, instead of cutting services, the county could be creative and find cost effective ways to operate that eventually add up to real money.

In 2011 the county paid out $4.2 million in OVERTIME. One EMS lieutenant collected $63,007 in OVERTIME.  Three Sheriff’s Detention Deputies split $119,405 in OVERTIME.  $25,843 in OVERTIME went to one mechanic.  Two zoo keepers took home a combined $31,883 in OVERTIME. 

If Sedgwick County wants to retain the Judge James Riddel Boys Ranch, they seem to plenty of options to do so without taking more money from taxpayers.

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