Daily Archives: Feb. 2, 2014

Open thread (Feb. 2)

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Job growth slowed after state tax cuts

helpwantedThe good news for Kansas and Gov. Sam Brownback is that the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent last month, the lowest level in five years. The bad new for Kansas and Brownback’s re-election campaign is that the rate of job growth last year was only 0.7 percent, less than in all of the surrounding states. So while Brownback’s tax cuts were supposed to spur job growth, the rate actually dropped last year and was less than the rates in states that didn’t cut their taxes. Missouri, for example, had a job-growth rate last year of 1.3 percent, nearly twice that of Kansas.

Gun bill takes aim at local control

gunopen-carryA gun bill drafted by Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby, would make it illegal for cities to use local taxpayer money for gun-buyback programs or to destroy guns that had been confiscated. Kelly Arnold, the Kansas GOP chairman, said gun-buyback programs are an ineffective way to combat street violence and illegal guns. Maybe, maybe not. But why is it the state’s business whether local officials use local money to buy guns from willing sellers? Why it is the state’s business whether local officials destroy guns? It’s more big government from the conservatives in Topeka.

So they said

kobachcandid“I think that’s actually an extraordinarily high percentage.” – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (in photo), telling a Senate panel that 72 percent of Kansans (52,000 people) who tried to register to vote last year met the proof-of-citizenship requirement and completed their registrations

“If we didn’t have the requirement it would be 100 percent.” – Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka

“Happy Kansas Day! Celebrating 153 years of not being Missouri.” – U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, in a Wednesday tweet

“Uhh, stay classy @RepLynnJenkins I’m sorry you feel the need to dis my state to celebrate yours! #stoptheborderwar” – Tweeted reply from a Kansas City, Mo., teacher