Kansas Democrats

Decoding Duane Goossen

Decoding Duane Goossen

The writing of Duane Goossen, a former Kansas budget director, requires decoding and explanation. This time, his vehicle is "Rise Up, Kansas." Duane Goossen was Kansas budget director from 1998 to 2010.[11. Goossen, Duane. Kansas Budget Blog. http://www.kansasbudget.com/.] He is critical of the administration of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and recent sessions of the Kansas Legislature. It's useful to examine his writings so that Kansans may become aware of the ramifications of his recommendations, and how during his years as budget director he was unable to adhere to the principles he now advocates. Following, some language from his recent article…
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How would higher Kansas taxes help?

How would higher Kansas taxes help?

Candidates in Kansas who promise more spending ought to explain just how higher taxes will -- purportedly -- help the Kansas economy. Are low taxes important to an economy, especially a state economy? When the Tax Foundation looked at the issue, it concluded this: "In this review of the literature, I find twenty-six such studies going back to 1983, and all but three of those studies, and every study in the last fifteen years, find a negative effect of taxes on growth."[1. McBride, William. What Is the Evidence on Taxes and Growth? Tax Foundation, 2012. http://taxfoundation.org/article/what-evidence-taxes-and-growth.] Many of these studies…
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Kansas Democrats: They don’t add it up — or they don’t tell us

Kansas Democrats: They don’t add it up — or they don’t tell us

Kansas Democrats (and some Republicans) are campaigning on some very expensive programs, and they're aren't adding it up for us. A sampling of campaign literature from Kansas Democratic candidates in south and west Wichita for the Kansas Legislature[1. Photographs of a number of pieces may be viewed in this folder at Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskMJfGNc.] reveals several common threads: Few will identify themselves as Democrats. Eliminating the LLC loophole is popular. Eliminating or reducing sales tax on food is popular. Eliminating the 2015 sales tax increase is popular. Fully funding schools is popular. None of these show the cost of these ideas,…
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Kansas Supreme Court judicial selection

Kansas Supreme Court judicial selection

Kansas progressives and Democrats oppose a judicial selection system that is used by U.S. Presidents, both Democrats and Republicans. What is the substantive difference between these two systems? A) A state's chief executive appoints a person to be a judge on the state's highest court. Then the state's senate confirms or rejects. B) A nation's chief executive appoints a person to be a judge on the nation's highest court. Then the nation's senate confirms or rejects. Perhaps there is a difference that I'm not smart enough to see. I'm open to persuasion. Until then, I agree with KU Law Professor…
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