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Budgeting for (by) Dummies

To this point, I haven’t said a whole lot about problems the legislature has been having struggling with our budget. There are a lot of voices in that chorus already anyway, and I don’t have too much to contribute that hasn’t been said. Though, I will say at least a couple things that I do think need said, if only to drive the issues home.

This starts with Furlough Friday. Which was, and now isn’t. The legislature avoided furloughs by… saying there won’t be furloughs. Let me be clear, I hate seeing my friends put into a tough position because of a furlough. BUT, that process is in place for a reason. It’s the line in the sand that forces our representatives to do their job in a timely manner. By lifting that threat, even temporarily, that’s a gift more for them than the workers. Keep in mind, while the bill authorized the employees to work, it does not authorize them to be paid. Because they can’t do that without the budget. So, they basically just told state workers to keep doing what they’re doing, for free, and they’ll get checks in the mail to them for that when they get around to it. And if those workers happen to be part of the university system, they can’t even openly discuss their concerns without fear for their jobs now, thanks, again, to the Kansas Legislature: Continue reading

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Are You Kansane?

I have an admission to make. I’m a busy guy. With a full-time job. And a part-time job. And side projects that don’t pay me anything but still require a load of time and attention. Somewhere in all that mix I like to eat, sleep, and at least try to do things that keep me sane. Right now especially, there’s a lot to talk about going on in Kansas, and as much as I want to write about all of it, it’s pretty damn hard to find the time, because I care far more about the quality of my output than the average newspaper or network news show. This isn’t fair to our fans and readers, and I think it’s a brake on something that has the potential to be much better with more voices in the chorus.

So, that said, are you Kansane enough to write for the site? I’m looking for a few good people willing to help take part in writing and sharing news and information on the site. Interested? Here’s a bit of information: Continue reading

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