Government waste

Another Friday lunch, and even more lights are on

Another Friday lunch, and even more lights are on

When Wichita city leaders tell us that the budget and spending have been cut to the bone, that everything that can be done to save money has already been done, remember my Friday trips to downtown for lunch. Last Friday at lunchtime two of the four sidewalk bench lights were illuminating the midday sidewalk. Yesterday three of four were turned on. You can also see that the street lights for two city blocks were also switched on, and one photograph shows that lights on the top floor of the city-owned parking garage were also turned on. Driving through downtown, there…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Government accounting, Government ownership of infrastructure, and Wichita commercial property taxes

WichitaLiberty.TV: Government accounting, Government ownership of infrastructure, and Wichita commercial property taxes

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Government leaders tell us they want to run government like a business. But does government actually do this, even when accounting for its money? Then, is it best for government to own all the infrastructure? Finally, taxes on Wichita commercial property are high, compared to the rest of the nation. Episode 46, broadcast June 8, 2014. View below, or click here to view at YouTube.
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To compensate, Wichita switched on the street lights

To compensate, Wichita switched on the street lights

When Wichita city leaders tell us that the budget and spending have been cut to the bone, that everything that can be done to save money has already been done, remember my Friday trips to downtown for lunch. At 11:20 am on a Friday with the sun brightly accentuating the fluffy clouds, it's a good thing that only two of the four bench lights are lit. The other two, however, have probably expired from having been switched on all day for the past month. But to compensate for the loss of those two, it appears the city decided to switch…
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It was a little cloudy, so maybe that’s why

It was a little cloudy, so maybe that’s why

Wichita city leaders tell us that the budget and spending have been cut to the bone. Except for the waste, that is. At 11:27 am, it was a little cloudy and rain threatened. So maybe that's why these lights were switched on. Or maybe not -- other similar lights and streetlights nearby were not lit. The lights illustrated in this photograph are, undoubtedly, a small portion of the city's spending. But you don't have to look very hard to find waste like this, and we know that small examples of waste are multiplied many times. So when city leaders tell…
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In Wichita, the streetside seating is illuminated very well

In Wichita, the streetside seating is illuminated very well

Wichita city leaders tell us that the budget and spending have been cut to the bone. Except for the waste, that is. The street lights illustrated in this photograph are, undoubtedly, a small portion of the city's spending. But you don't have to look very hard to find waste like this, and we know that small examples of waste are multiplied many times. So when city leaders tell us that there is nowhere left to cut in the budget, that everything that can be done to trim the fat has already been done, and that the only thing we can…
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Kansas school efficiency on display

When you hear that Kansas schools have "cut to the bone," or are operating at maximum efficiency, or have nowhere else to cut, or there's no need to audit school district efficiency, think of this. When Kansas governmental agencies receive requests for records, they must respond to the requester within three business days. Most often this response does not contain the requested records. Instead, it's either a statement of how much the records will cost, or a denial of the request. Every agency I have dealt with -- federal, state, city, county -- has sent this response by email. That…
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Bankrupting America: There’s an app for that

If you spot government waste and you have an iPhone, you can make a difference. There's now an app for that. Bankrupting America is, according to its website, "an educational project that explores the policies hindering economic opportunity and growth in America. The project focuses on the causes of the country‚Äôs current economic downturn and the future implications of careless policy-making." It's produced many informative videos and infographics, many which I've shared here or on Quick Takes. Now, Bankrupting America has a free app for your iPhone. Besides providing a convenient way to read Bankrupting America's content and view videos,…
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