Kathleen Sebelius

Is the teflon off the Sebelius administration?

Is the Teflon Off the Sebelius Administration? By Karl Peterjohn, Kansas Taxpayers Network, www.kansastaxpayers.com Second terms are often difficult and contentious for Kansas governors. Bill Graves’ second term was filled with higher taxes, a record long legislative session and imbroglio oversoaring state spending, and a weakened Kansas economy in his last year, 2002. Now Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius may have run into some similar second term problems with a new utility issue over rates suddenly reappearing. This problem followed in the wake of the Sebelius administration’s health and environment secretary’s ruling that rejected a proposed power plant expansion in southwest…
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The collectivism of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

A few excerpts from Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius's inaugural address from January 2007: Yet our opportunities will be limited only if we fail to come together around a shared vision for our state. Only a failure to act as "One Kansas" can compromise our future and dash our hopes. We all recognize, in our hearts, that we are only as strong as the most vulnerable among us. It's not enough to allow a few to reach the stars while others live a life of limited horizons. The promise of our state is best realized when all our citizens are able…
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It’s not yours to cut

An article in the April 22, 2007 Wichita Eagle by Dion Lefler states: "All together, those [tax] cuts will cost the state $570 million in lost revenue in the next five years, according to the consensus report estimates." A statement like this reveals a faulty line of thinking: that the government has a legitimate claim on a large part of our incomes and wealth. Then if, somehow, the government is persuaded to “give” any of that claim back to us, this gift has to be paid for. It's the people who “give” tax money to the government, not the government…
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Higher Education Wants A Spending Spree

Higher Education Wants A Spending Spree By Karl Peterjohn, Kansas Taxpayers Network Soaring spending has not been spent evenly. The six Regents universities in Kansas initially asked for $727 million to fix deeply neglected buildings at these campuses. Governor Sebelius has performed a valuable service by responding that the Kansas Turnpike have higher tolls to fund this spending. The value in Governor Sebelius' proposal is not based upon its merits. Higher education and the Kansas turnpike are both state entities but are related about as much as lightning and lightning bugs. Since the Kansas turnpike is funded with tolls, so…
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The next four years

The Next Four Years By Karl Peterjohn The gubernatorial race in Kansas is generating fewer negative ads statewide than a single Wichita area race for the Kansas House of Representatives. If this crude barometer of political sentiment is correct, Kathleen Sebelius will easily be reelected governor November 7. For political prognosticators in the mainstream Kansas press this is as much a certainty as criticism of President Bush leading the nightly news or Senator Kerry sticking his foot in his mouth. A second term for Governor Sebelius is going to impact Kansans and for many of them it will be an…
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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, opponent of liberty

According to "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2006" recently released by The Cato Institute, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius earns a grade of "D." How did she fare so poorly? According to the report: “Governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades. Those who have increased spending and taxes the most receive the lowest grades.” What is unusual and good about this report is that it considers what governors recommended, as well as what actually happened. This is important. Governor Sebelius takes credit for having no increases in taxes during her term. That's not…
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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Kansas jobs

A recent television advertisement by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius touts "… nearly 2.5 years of positive job growth." The viewer is, by my estimation, supposed to credit the governor for this growth. But a look behind the scenes reveals a situation that only a politician could take pride in. Our governor must be hoping that people won't take a moment to examine the reality. As reported in The Wichita Eagle on July 7, 2006: Kansas' job growth was fourth-worst in the nation during the first quarter, according to a quarterly report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The number of…
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Kansas Governor’s Race Heats Up

Kansas Governor’s Race Heats Up By Karl Peterjohn, Executive Director, Kansas Taxpayers Network The first of a series of debates highlighting significant differences between the two leading candidates for governor have begun in Kansas. The kick off was the state fair debate between Governor Sebelius and her GOP opponent state Senator Jim Barnett September 9. The conventional wisdom is that this gubernatorial race was going to be a snoozer with Sebelius’ huge fund raising advantage but a number of minor events, none hugely significant by themselves, indicates that the Sebelius reelection campaign has some problems. A decline in poll numbers…
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