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Kansas lawmakers to focus on resolving budget, tax issues
04:02 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Kansas legislators have their own form of March Madness, when they focus on building the next state budget after their annual session has cleared its midpoint.
Effects of Kansas business tax break more widespread than estimated
02:30 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 03:50 p.m.
Kansas officials acknowledge that a tax exemption championed as an economic stimulus by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has helped 90,000 more business owners than previously anticipated, but the state’s revenue chief said Tuesday the policy shouldn’t be blamed for the state’s budget problems.
Governor signs bill addressing Kansas’ budget shortfall
February 10, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill closing most of a projected $344 million shortfall in the state’s current budget.
Kansas’ budget problems touching cherished highway system
February 8, 2015
Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won’t solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs — its state-of-the-art highway system.
Lawmakers propose tightening open records laws
03:54 p.m., February 1, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
Kansas Senate Democrats plan to introduce a bill this week to close a loophole in open records laws involving private email accounts and electronic devices.
Governor’s plan leaves end of Kansas income taxes uncertain
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback and his top aides can’t predict when Kansas will meet his stated goal of eliminating income taxes, now that he has slowed the implementation of promised reductions to stave off predicted budget cuts.
Kansas governor proposes to backpedal on school funding
January 25, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing that Kansas backpedal on a much-ballyhooed increase in spending on public schools, just as he is asking fellow Republicans in the Legislature to slow down aggressive tax-cutting because of big budget shortfalls.
School funding plan’s effects on property taxes uncertain
03:44 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Kansas legislators from both parties say they’re not sure how Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s school-funding proposals would affect the power that local districts have to raise local property taxes.
Democrats still studying Brownback’s budget plan
06:37 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Four days after Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his budget plan for the next two years, Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature still have not issued a formal response. But some rank-and-file members, as well as some Republicans, say parts of the plan could be a tough sell this year. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more
January 18, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback outlined his budget proposals Friday. Now, negotiations begin in the House and Senate, where key committees will begin holding hearings on Tuesday. The process typically takes through the end of the session in May. Meanwhile, there are many other non-budget issues on the table. By Peter Hancock
Brownback budget cuts K-12 education, holds higher education funding flat
05:29 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Higher education officials feel relieved that Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal does not call for cutting any of their funding. But K-12 schools would lose more than $100 million through a sweeping change in the funding system that threatens to complicate the ongoing school finance lawsuit. By Peter Hancock
Lawmakers convene amid budget crisis, school finance suit
04:40 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers began the 2015 session Monday facing a mounting budget deficit and a school finance lawsuit that could make the budget problems even worse. But legislative leaders appeared generally optimistic on the first day of what is scheduled to be a 90-day session. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers open session amid budget shortfalls
January 11, 2015
Kansas legislators open a critical annual session Monday that will require them to wade through massive budget shortfalls and deal with a court mandate to boost spending on public schools.
Legislative leaders want school finance overhaul
01:00 p.m., December 23, 2014 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Republican leaders of the Kansas House and Senate said Tuesday it’s time to overhaul the state’s school funding formula, but they said there are not yet any solid proposals for doing that. A three-judge panel is currently weighing whether the state is putting enough money into public schools. Their ruling is expected before the Legislature opens its 2015 session Jan. 12. By Peter Hancock
Brownback: It’s up to Legislature to cut budget
December 14, 2014
A new budget report released this week says Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for balancing the current fiscal year’s budget will only add to next year’s budget problems, creating a $648 million hole in fiscal year 2016. That’s because most of what Brownback recommended only involves transfers of money between various funds and not actual spending cuts. But in an interview this week, Brownback defended his plan and said the Legislature needs to be involved in making actual cuts. By Peter Hancock

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