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TIF and other subsidies harm Wichita

Everyone who cares about Wichita -- the entire city, not just special interests -- ought to be opposed to the continued use of tax increment financing (TIF) districts and other forms of subsidy that direct benefits to a small group at the expense of everyone else. Proponents of these programs such as Wichita Eagle editorial writer Rhonda Holman, most elected officials, and nearly all bureaucrats, need to justify these incentives. They make their case, of course, but the case is shallow. We need to look at research that studies these programs. We need to consider the effect of these programs on the city as a whole, and on the civic attitudes of Wichitans. When we do, we find that these programs just don't deliver what they promise, unless you focus…
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Chemical security act could affect Wichita water rates

The United States Congress is considering legislation that aims to increase the security of America's chemical industry to terrorism threats. The legislation, if passed, would require chemical companies to substitute government-mandated processes and technology for their current processes. The post Chemical security law goes beyond protection explains more about this legislation. Even places that we might not consider to be "chemical plants" could fall under this act. The Center for American Progress -- described by Wikipedia as "a liberal political policy research and advocacy organization," an understatement if there ever was one -- has produced a report titled Chemical Security 101: What You Don’t Have Can’t Leak, or Be Blown Up by Terrorists. The Wichita Water Treatment Plant appears on their list of 202 additional facilities that should be required…
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Economist: Kansas must improve its competitive position

Last week the American Legislative Exchange Council released the fourth edition of Rich States, Poor States: The ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index. This is an important study by authors Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams that identifies states that use "best practices to enable states to drive economic growth, create jobs, and improve the standard of living for their citizens." On Friday Williams was in Wichita and spoke to a group of business and political leaders at an event sponsored by Kansas Policy Institute and Wichita Independent Business Association. Williams said that there is reason for optimism in Kansas, but the news is not all good for our state. ALEC calculates economic outlook rankings, which is a "forecast based on a state’s current standing in 15 policy variables, each…
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Supply-side economics, instead of taxes, is cure for recession

From April, 2010. Sound money and income tax cuts -- the elements of supply-side economics -- have produced economic growth in America, according to Dr. Brian Domitrovic of Sam Houston State University. When our country imposes inflationary loose money policies and high income taxes, economic growth suffers, as in the period from 1973 to 1982. Unfortunately, these are the policies of President Barack Obama and his administration. Domitrovic lectured on principles in his book Econoclasts: The Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity last night at Friends University. His lecture was part of the Law, Liberty & the Market lecture series, which is underwritten by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation in Wichita. "Unemployment at nine percent, five grueling quarters of decline in GDP growth,…
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Wichita city council to decide between rule of law, or rule by situation

Tuesday's Wichita City Council meeting will provide an opportunity for the mayor, council members, and city hall staff to let Wichitans know if our city is governed by the rule of law and proper respect for it, or if these values will be discarded for the convenience of one person and his business partners. Here's the situation: a person wants to gain approval of a tax increment financing (TIF) district project plan. This requires a public hearing, which the city has scheduled for September 13th. But this schedule doesn't suit the applicant. He has a personal business need -- an expiring purchase option -- and wants the city to issue a letter of intent stating that the city intends to do all the things that are the subject of the…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday September 28, 2011

Obama’s intercontinental railroad. Burton Folsom notices a recent speech by President Barack Obama that mentioned how America built the "intercontinental railroad." Folsom grants Obama some slack for the gaffe -- we all make them, after all -- and explains to readers the most important lesson that should be learned from our experience building the transcontinental railroad: "... the story of the transcontinental railroads really is a great teaching tool for today. If we study the Union Pacific, the Central Pacific, and the Northern Pacific Railroads, we learn they all went broke after receiving a combined total of 61 million acres of land. And they ran the nation deep into debt, too. ... federal spending on transcontinentals meant corruption, land grabs, and wasted taxpayer dollars. But wait. The Great Northern Railroad,…
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Wichita about to commit to more spending. Bigly.

This week the Wichita City Council considers hiring a consulting firm to develop plans for a new performing arts and convention center. It's no secret that many in Wichita want a new performing arts and convention center to replace Century II. Documents produced by the city sketch four possibilities ranging in price from $272 million to $492 million.[1. City of Wichita. Grand Vision: Wichita Performing Arts & Convention Center: 'Millenials Place.' Available at https://wichitaliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Century-2-Vision.pdf.] [2. City of Wichita. The Heart of Downtown: Catalyst to a 21st Century Riverfront. Available at https://wichitaliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Analysis-of-century-2.pdf.] The two least expensive scenarios keep the existing Century II structure, while two call for completely new buildings, including the possibility of a performing arts center located a few blocks to the east of the present Century II and…
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Articles of Interest

Kansas liberal Republicans, student rights, greenwashing, historic preservation, Sotamayor. Can we please send Steve Rose to a political science class? The northeast Kansas blog Kaw & Border has a few words of criticism for Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose. Specifically: In this case, the "adjusted fact" was his view that tax cuts have put Kansas in a financial crisis, the few good observations were some long overdue spending cuts, his strawman was the Kansas Chamber and "conservatives", and his nonsensical point that drastic spending cuts in Calfiornia will be so terrible that Kansans won't want it and, as he puts it "citizens will rebel, even if it means increased taxes." He seems to imply that a high tax, high spending state, even one in a budget crisis, is preferable…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 28, 2010

Final fourth district forum. Last night's debate or forum between all four candidates running for the Kansas fourth Congressional district was the last such event before Election Day. Hosted by KSN Television and moderated by John Snyder, all four candidates appeared: Reform Party candidate Susan Ducey, Democrat Raj Goyle, Republican Mike Pompeo, and Libertarian Shawn Smith. Goyle used almost every question as an opportunity to launch an attack on Pompeo, particularly on the issue of outsourcing of jobs. No dummy -- he did go to Harvard law school, after all (so did Pompeo) -- Goyle used some clever and creative license to morph nearly every question into these attacks. Pompeo largely ignored Goyle's attacks but still got in a few digs at him. ... Ducey and Smith kept to their…
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