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Budgeting outside the box

Reporting by the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy covers last week’s meeting of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee. (Although the Kansas Legislature is in session from January to May, there are many “interim” committee meetings during the summer and fall.)

School funding is always a topic, and as usual, spending advocates focus on the small portion of spending that makes their case: “Committee members challenged school districts on focusing only on reductions in state base aid per pupil and ignoring all other funding sources which, taken collectively, have schools budgeted to receive just 0.2% less this school year.”

There was also discussion of the Flint Hill Center’s work in exposing huge balances in funds.

Maybe this is why college is expensive

The University Daily Kansan reports on the generous deals given to three former Kansas public university chancellors in the news story Hemenway stays with University.

‘Montoy’ threat again hangs over education-funding discussions

Kansas Liberty reports on the hammer used whenever Kansas K-12 school funding is the topic of discussion. At the same time Kansas school districts complain of lack of funds, they resist accounting system reforms that would increase transparency and provide better information about how efficiently districts use funds:

A 2007 audit conducted by the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit determined that out of the 20 states sampled, Kansas was one of six states that did not have requirements for how accounting transactions are recorded. The audit concluded that “Kansas’s reporting requirements are at a very summary level of detail.”

An audit released in July determined that some Kansas districts appeared to be using state dollars inefficiently for non-instructional purposes. The investigation was supposed to include fieldwork so auditors could actually see how funds were spent; however, the scope of the audit was limited after superintendents complained to the 2010 Commission.

The commission then stopped the audit, saying it would be too stressful for schools to accommodate auditors at a time when budgets were being cut.

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc. reports on ways to reform health care without bigger government. Some of these would be very easy to accomplish, such as “Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.” That law might take, maybe, one page of legislation to implement.

Mackey’s reform proposals, because they are market-based rather than government-based (his article starts with Margaret Thatcher’s quote “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people’s money.”), has earned him much hatred from liberals. Currently the “Boycott Whole Foods” Facebook group has 31,000 members. Too bad we don’t have Whole Foods Market in Wichita. (The locally-owned Whole Foods in Wichita is not the same company.)

2 Comments

  • Back in 2008, this Whole Foods, CEO John Mackey (how old is this kid?), was caught posting negative comments (trash talk) about a competitor on Yahoo Finance message boards in an effort to push down the stock price. So now I am suppose to take this loser seriously? Please, snore, snore.

    It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people (honestly where can they go with a pre-condition). And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a “lynch mob” advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types AKA “screamers” are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

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