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Statehouse Live: Death penalty repeal set for debate next session; Parkinson moves away from tax increase; State GOP comments on elections

November 4, 2009, 8:41 a.m. Updated November 4, 2009, 5:38 p.m.

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— A proposal to abolish the Kansas death penalty will be considered by lawmakers during the second week of the 2010 legislative session, the committee chair said Wednesday.

State Sen. Thomas “Tim” Owens, R-Overland Park, and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said hearings on the proposal will start Jan. 19.

“We are going to have a complete and thorough discussion of death penalty abolition,” Owens said.

Efforts to repeal the death penalty failed in the Senate during the last legislative session. Some opposed the repeal while others said they were concerned that the way the legislation was written it would have also done away with the life-without-parole sentence for murder.

Kansas has not executed anyone since 1965.

11:30 a.m.

Gov. Mark Parkinson said Wednesday that he hoped to get through next year without a state tax increase.

When lawmakers return in January they will be working on the state budget for fiscal year 2011, which will start July 1, 2010. The state has suffered large downturns in tax revenue over the past year.

Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday speaks with students at Whitson Elementary School in Topeka about H1N1 flu. Later, he told a reporter that he hoped to avoid a tax increase during the upcoming legislative session.

Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday speaks with students at Whitson Elementary School in Topeka about H1N1 flu. Later, he told a reporter that he hoped to avoid a tax increase during the upcoming legislative session.

“Our hope is to present a budget that doesn’t include any tax increases for (fiscal year) 2011, but in order for that to happen we need some help on the revenue side,” Parkinson said.

State budget experts will meet tomorrow to project how much revenue will come into state coffers for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the next one.

Parkinson said he will make budget cuts, probably by the end of this month, to square up the current budget hole.

In earlier comments, Parkinson has said he had been considering tax increases for the next legislative session. On Wednesday, he said part of his calculation on the issue of taxes in the next fiscal year is whether he believes there is a possibility to pass an increase in the Legislature.

“Right now, I don’t have a strong sense either way,” he said of the Legislature’s position.

8:41 a.m.

Here's Kansas Republican Party Chair Amanda Adkins' take on last night's election:

"President Obama won New Jersey, Virginia and New York’s 23rd District by at least 5 percent in 2008. The Democrats’ defeat in Virginia and New Jersey in Tuesday’s elections is an indicator that American’s want more than empty promises of hope. Voters believed in Obama’s message but the change they wanted did not include a government takeover of healthcare and a so-called stimulus package that has done nothing to put Americans back to work. The close race in New York indicates that we still have work to do. We must educate voters on the pro-growth, pro-business platform that will achieve sweeping victory for Republicans in 2010."

Comments

Linda and Bill Houghton 5 years, 1 month ago

The Republicans appear to be crowing over a couple wins that have little or nothing to do with the Obama administration or its policiies. In New Jersey Corzine was an unpopular governor and in Virginia the Democrats had a weak candidiate.

SouthWestKs 5 years, 1 month ago

The blood letting has begun!!!! There will be more to come...

KSManimal 5 years, 1 month ago

If Kansas didn't hand out tax exemptions like candy, we could have a budget surplus AND tax cuts for working folks AND plenty of money for schools.

texburgh 5 years, 1 month ago

The VA gov. changes every time a new president comes in - nothing new here. NJ is reeling from massive corruption in which R's and D's and Rabbi's were selling influence and body parts. Voters threw out the incumbents.

NY 23 went Democratic after 100 years because the Republican fascists (Todd Tiahrt, Sam Brownback) are so out of touch with America. Faced with a fascist Republican or a Democrat, real Republicans vote Democratic.

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