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Kansas House Majority Leader to serve on budget committee

December 22, 2009


— The Kansas House majority leader also will be the next vice chairman of the chamber's Appropriations Committee.

Majority Leader Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, will replace former Vice Chairman Jason Watkins, a Wichita Republican who resigned from the House earlier this month.

Merrick's appointment to the committee post was made by House Speaker Mike O'Neal. It takes effect when the Legislature opens the 2010 session on Jan. 11.

The Appropriations Committee plays a crucial role in shaping the state budget. Its chairman, vice chairman and ranking Democrat negotiate the final version of the budget with their Senate counterparts.


Centerville 8 years, 6 months ago

This is good for Kansas. Merrick isn't an emotionalist.

texburgh 8 years, 6 months ago

Centerville: Right you are. He is no "emotionalist." He is an extreme right wing anti-government ideologue who will obey every order from Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers, and their buddy, Mike O'Neal. Look for an unhesitating yes vote on every motion to cut funding for schools, the disabled, social and rehabilitative services, health and environment, and senior citizens. Look for a yes vote on every corporate tax cut offered.

anon1958 8 years, 6 months ago

It doesnt matter, the state budget is FUBAR.

BaldwinDad 8 years, 6 months ago

tex, you say that as if it's a bad thing...I mean look at our public schools. They are getting worse every year no matter how much money we pump into them.

The same could be said for all the other programs you mentioned, the problem is the more "free" stuff we give to so called people in need the more dependent they become on that assistance.

The problem is with most of those programs you mentioned they really aren't done to help people but to placate them into voting for one group or another.

Also I in no way endorse Ray Merrick.

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