KC Fed’s Hoenig blasts Fed Policy
Never one to shy away from controversy, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Thomas Hoenig blasted Fed policy, Congress, Wall Street and financial institutions that are “too big to fail” during a Tuesday meeting in Denver.
“Over a decade we’ve used monetary policy as an instrument to solve all problems,” Hoenig, who will step down in three months, told the audience at the Denver Association of Business Economists breakfast. “We know where that’s gotten us.”
Voter ID Laws Good Protection Against Fraud
A Post editorial last month criticized Kansas’s Secure and Fair Elections Act, which was drafted by my office. The act requires that voters present photo identification when they vote in person, that absentee voters present full driver’s license numbers and have their signatures verified, and that voters present proof of citizenship at the time of registration.
Prairie Village, Fairway power outages persist
KCP&L’s power grid shows that as of 5:40 p.m., nearly 300 homes in the 66208 zip code and more than 450 homes in the 66205 zip code are still without power following last night’s storm. According to Prairie Village’s website, many of the outages are in small pockets, making it difficult for the utility to restore power quickly.
State and local governments bleeding jobs
Local governments shed 18,000 jobs and state governments cut 7,000 in June. "Today's employment report reflects continued belt-tightening at the state and local level and the trend we have previously noted, a trickle-down in budget cuts from the state to the local level," wrote a senior analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. The National League of Cities, which represents civic officials, foresees further job cuts for at least the next 18 months.
Many Unaware of JOCO Boil Advisory
Area water departments look into alternate ways to let customers know that there are water outages and boil advisories in the area. KMBC 9's Maria Antonia reports.
City Newsletter Arrives Day After Event
The current issue of Village Voice, Prairie Village’s bimonthly newsletter, has a two page spread chock full of helpful information about VillageFest: an event schedule, contact information, and a site map.
The only problem: late delivery from the printer put the issue in residents’ mailboxes at least a day after the annual Fourth of July celebration was over. “We were very disappointed, to say the least,” said City Administrator Quinn Bennion.
Senate confirms former KC deputy chief as U.S. Marshal for Western District of Missouri
The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Alfred Lomax to be the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri. Lomax is a veteran Kansas City law enforcement officer. He served nearly three decades with the Kansas City Police Department, retiring as deputy chief of the department’s investigation bureau in 1992. Lomax then led the Airport Police at Kansas City International Airport.
Lomax, was appointed by President Obama in March.
KS abortionist admits poverty incentive
Admitting that being the “poorest doctor in the state” drove her bid to try opening an abortion business in Wichita, Kansas-licensed practitioner Mila Means was dubbed “not the ideological warrior many expected” in a New York Times profile this weekend. Poor Mila, broke and in hock,(see this article) went to the stellar training center for “abortion care” (as our opponents call it) –the Central Family Medicine medicaid clinic in the lowest income area of Kansas City, Kansas, also doing business Aid for Women.
Brownback appoints three new Regents
Gov. Sam Brownback announced new members to the Kansas Board of Regents last week, and because of their backgrounds it’s no surprise that some at the University of Kansas are looking forward to his first three appointments: Fred Logan Jr., a former Kansas Republican Party chairman, Robba Addison Moran, wife of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, and former state Rep. Kenny Wilk.
OP Chamber backs tax increase
A plan to raise property taxes in Overland Park has picked up the backing of the city’s business community. The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce today announced it was backing a plan to raise property taxes by 4.1 mills for 2012.
“Increasing taxes is never popular, but the leadership of our Chamber feels strongly that the increase is necessary to maintain the high quality of life and city services that continually make Overland Park one of the nation’s most desirable places to live and work,” said chamber president Tracey Osborne.
KCK Property tax increase proposed
An 8.9 percent property tax increase has been proposed by the Unified Government for its 2012 budget. The property tax rate adjustment is proposed due to lost revenue created by the on-going recession.
Kansas Debt Clock
The Kansas “Drudge” Meadowlark
Click here to get an update on current news and information in Kansas courtesy the Kansas Meadowlark website.
The Times Public Service: Registered Sex Offenders
As a public service to the residents of Northeast Johnson County the Times offers Family Watchdog as a web generator to view if an offender lives near you.