Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

21 March 2008

Kansas House Rejects Minimum Wage Increase

The Kansas House today narrowly rejected a proposal that would have increased the Kansas minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.

The Kansas minimum wage of $2.65/hour is the lowest minimum wage in the nation and has not been increased since 1988. Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-Kansas City offered an amendment during debate this morning on SB 461 to mirror the federal minimum wage raising the state wage to $7.25 by 2010.

With the Frownfelter Amendment, the state's minimum wage would increase to $5.85 per hour on September 1, 2008. The rate would then go up to $6.55 per hour on September 1, 2009 and to $7.25 on September 1, 2010.

Rather than vote directly on the bill, Rep. Mike O'Neal of Hutchinson made a motion to send the bill back to committee. The O'Neal motion to rerefer SB 461 to the House Committee on Commerce & Labor passed on a vote of 63-58.

Those voting to send the measure back to committee, avoiding an increase in the state minimum wage:

Clay Aurand - R
Virginia Beamer - R
Bob Bethell - R
Elaine Bowers - R
Anthony Brown - R
Steve Brunk - R
Richard Carlson - R
Jeff Colyer - R
Barbara Craft - R
David Crum - R
Don Dahl - R
John Faber - R
Pat George - R
Mario Goico - R
Lana Gordon - R
John Grange - R
Gary Hayzlett - R
Ben Hodge - R
Carl Holmes - R
Mitch Holmes - R
Steve Huebert - R
Joe Humerickhouse - R
Terrie Huntington - R
Dan Johnson - R
Kasha Kelley - R
Dick Kelsey - R
Mike Kiegerl - R
Jeff King - R
Lance Kinzer - R
Forest Knox - R
Brenda Landwehr - R
Peggy Mast - R
Ty Masterson - R
Joe McLeland - R
Ray Merrick - R
Ronnie Metsker - R
Jim Morrison - R
Judy Morrison - R
Tom Moxley - R
Don Myers - R
Mike O'Neal - R
Rob Olson - R
Joe Patton - R
Virgil Peck - R
Larry Powell - R
Richard Proehl - R
Jill Quigley - R
Marc Rhoades - R
Charlie Roth - R
Don Schroeder - R
Sharon Schwartz - R
Arlen Siegfreid - R
Sheryl Spalding - R
Vern Swanson - R
Lee Tafanelli - R
Jene Vickrey - R
Jason Watkins - R
Jeff Whitham - R
Kenny Wilk - R
Bill Wolf - R
Kay Wolf - R
Ron Worley - R
Kevin Yoder - R

Last session, an amendment by Rep. Valdenia Winn (D-Kansas City) to raise the state minimum wage to the federal minimum wage and to empower the Secretary of Labor to raise it further to match future federal rate increases was rejected on a vote of 56-63. A attempt to repeal the minimum wage altogether was fended off on a similar 56-62 vote.

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