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Kansas Senate passes tax bill; talks with House expected

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill creating an amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers and decreasing the state's sales tax on food.

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Kansas Democrats unveil short-term budget to avoid furloughs

Democrats in the Kansas House said Wednesday they are introducing a bill to prevent a partial shutdown of state government and mass furloughs of state employees next week.

Kansas House-passed marijuana bill dead for 2015; proponents say bill would have saved $1.2 million

The failure of the Kansas Legislature to act this year on a bill easing penalties for marijuana possession was a missed opportunity that could have saved $1.2 million in the state budget, a Lawrence lawmaker said.

Kansas state workers could be furloughed if budget delayed; tensions mount in Statehouse

All nonessential state workers will be immediately furloughed if the Kansas Legislature does not pass a budget by June 7 and Gov. Sam Brownback will veto proposals from legislators to increase business taxes, administration officials warned lawmakers Sunday.

Kansas House approves changes to state's liquor laws

The Kansas House has approved a measure that would allow alcohol at state events at the Capitol and adjusts a number of liquor permit processes.

Kansas governor signs bill giving veterans in-state tuition

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that would give in-state tuition to all veterans, active duty members of the U.S. military and their families.

Kansas governor signs bill on work after retirement

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that rewrites the rules for teachers, school administrators and other public employees who return to work after retiring.

Kansas governor backtracks on outlining new budget-balancing tax plan

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback told top Kansas lawmakers Friday that he has a new plan for raising taxes, with the GOP-dominated Legislature still sharply divided over how best to close a budget shortfall. But the circumstances of the announcement seemed to overshadow the seemingly positive development.

Kansas Legislature's session this year among longest ever

Kansas legislators are having one of their longest annual sessions ever this year because they haven't resolved difficult budget and tax issues.

Kansas House tax debate stalls; governor open to budget cuts

Conservative Republicans who want to preserve a break for Kansas business owners prevented a debate Thursday over raising taxes to balance the state budget, while GOP Gov. Sam Brownback said he's willing to consider new proposals to trim spending.

Kansas University Basketball team meets with Gov. Sam Brownback

The Kansas University men's and women's basketball team visited the Statehouse in Topeka on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Gov. Sam Brownback discusses tax cut plan

Gov. Sam Brownback talks to reporters about a proposal that will cut an estimated $2.9 billion in the next six years.

GOP Caucus

Republicans voice their support for presidential candidates at Kansas GOP Caucus.

The Resurgence of Meth

Officials in southeast Kansas talk about the recent spike in methamphetamine use. They believe it can be attributed to the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method.

Gov. Brownback discusses education funding issues

Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday spoke to reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World. Brownback said growing the economy was his primary goal as he prepares for the 2012 legislative session that starts next month.

Strengthening Agriculture

Chris Wilson, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture talks about the importance of farmer's markets in strengthening the relationship between grower and consumer.

Kansas Attorney General in Lawrence

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt talks about his concerns about some of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's resources and staffing levels. Schmidt spoke to the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club on Aug. 8, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Lawrence, 200 McDonald Drive.

SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki discusses closure of Lawrence office

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki spoke with Lawrence Journal-World editors Monday, July 11, 2011, about the planned closure of the Lawrence SRS office. Siedlecki said there was no chance the Lawrence office will be spared closure, but maintained there will be some SRS presence in the city.

Local Retailers Confused About Four Loko Ban

Distributors of Four Loko and other energy drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine can no longer supply such products to Kansas stores. But some Lawrence retailers are unsure as to whether they can sell the drinks they have left in stock.

Kansas collects more tax revenues than expected in August

The state collected $38 million more than expected this month.