There are now several proposals from private firms to finance, design and build a one-terminal airport. There's also a proposal to build a new airport the conventional way, with city-authorized airport bonds. In any case, the matter will ultimately be in the hands of local voters. What do you expect will be the ultimate outcome? Assuming we need a new airport, which approach--private or conventional---is better? Any chance this doesn't go on the November ballot? If it does not, what are the consequences, if any? If Burns and McDonnell doesn't get the job, should its leadership feel aggrieved? That company spawned the private concept. One poll suggests majority support for a privately backed plan. Do you trust that finding? What are the airlines, especially Southwest, telling officials they want? Is a renovated KCI more desirable than a newer version? Is it an icon worth updating and saving?
The Kansas Legislature recently passed and Governor Brownback signed legislation authorizing about $500 million more to state K-12 schools for the next two years. The authorization follows a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court that state funding was insufficient and in violation of the Kansas Constitution. Without deciding the constitutionality of the new law, the court has decided to leave schools open and hear oral argument on the bill in July. School district attorneys and officials involved in the case have already announced that the half-billion dollar amount is not enough. Will the court accept this amount and put the school finance issue to rest, at least for now? If the court demands more money, will a special session of the legislature have to be convened and another tax increase considered? The additional school funding comes from an overall retroactive tax increase. Will the new tax levels be sufficient to put not only schools but the state back on firm financial footing? How do Kansas City area districts fare under the new funding distributions? Would it be appropriate for the court to be more specific in its demands about K-12 funding? Do school district officials and their attorneys ever believe funding is high enough? How costly are these protracted school finance cases? Should there be greater constitutionality clarity on school finance? How would that be achieved? There's renewed talk of Governor Brownback exiting before his term expires. Would that be good for the state?
The shooting of Congressman Scalise at a baseball practice in suburban Washington has renewed calls for a more civil tone and debate, especially on political issues. In a column, historian and pundit Victor Davis Hanson warns that the division in this country is reaching levels last seen in 1860 (Civil War era) and 1968 (Vietnam, Civil Rights era). Hanson reminds readers that the U.S. is not immune from failure and collapse and calls for more tolerance of other views from occupants of both "Red and Blue America." This is the column's headline in the Kansas City Star: "Can the divided two Americas survive as a single nation?" What's the answer? How do you assess the political climate? Is it the worst you've ever lived through? What's the cause? Are the cable news networks the catalyst for political angst? Was the Trump campaign (Little Marco. Lyin' Ted, Crooked Hillary.) the beginning of increased and more vitriolic rhetoric? What about Hillary's contribution of "Deplorables?" Until the recent presidential campaign, do you recall representatives of the GOP being called "Nazis" and "Fascists?" Is there more to the divide between Red and Blue America than politics? What about geography? Lifestyle? Morality? Do you fear civil conflict? Hanson mentions states (California and others) defying the federal government on such issues as sanctuary cities and climate control. Do those actions violate the "supremacy clause" of the Constitution, reinforced by the outcome of the Civil War?
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