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Tax package headed toward vote

Peter Hancock

House and Senate tax negotiators reached agreement Thursday on the first — and what many hope will be the last — revenue package to close the state's $400 million budget gap. The bill will go first to the House, where leaders hope to schedule a vote sometime Thursday evening. It ...

Francisco pushes sales tax cut on food

Peter Hancock

Consumers in Kansas would pay less sales tax on food purchases starting next year, under a tax amendment that Democratic Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence added to a bill Tuesday night. But whether or not that amendment survives during negotiations with the House remains an open question. Francisco offered her ...

Threat of furloughs looms large as Kansas tax debate continues

Peter Hancock

Threat of furloughs looms large as Kansas tax debate continues The Kansas Senate on Monday shot down another tax proposal aimed at closing the state’s $400 million budget gap as the threat of having to furlough thousands of state employees looms on the horizon. Sunday, June 7, marks the start ...

Kansas Senate debating taxes late into night

Peter Hancock

Two days after Republican leaders in the Legislature said they didn't want lengthy debates over tax bills, with recorded roll call votes on one amendment after another, the Kansas Senate is working Sunday night doing just that. On Friday, both the House and Senate voted to send a tax bill ...

Take the House GOP tax preference survey

Peter Hancock

Struggling to find consensus within their own ranks about which taxes they're willing to raise to close the state's $400 million budget gap, Republican leaders in the Kansas House on Sunday resorted to a simple survey. The survey, which is available below, lists a number of options that have been ...

House tax bill has provision for half-cent sales tax in Douglas County

Peter Hancock

An omnibus tax bill awaiting action in the Kansas House includes a provision that would allow Douglas County to impose an additional half-cent sales tax to finance expansion of the county jail and a crisis intervention center. But it is not yet certain that the House will even debate that ...

Lawmakers planning four-day weekend

Peter Hancock

Kansas lawmakers will go home Thursday afternoon for a four-day Memorial Day weekend, despite making no progress on resolving the state's $400 million-plus budget hole. Thursday marks the 95th day of what was supposed to be a 90-day session. Both chambers plan to pass resolutions to formally adjourn for the ...

Senate panel advances $496 million tax package

Peter Hancock

The Kansas Senate tax committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would raise $496 million in new revenue next year, enough to dig the state out of its financial hole and leave a small but positive cash balance at the end of the year. But the fate of the bill, which ...

Brownback giving few signals as 2015 session goes into overtime

Peter Hancock

On the 92nd day of what was supposed to be a 90-day legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback is giving few signals, either to the public or to the Legislature, about how he wants to solve the state's $406 million budget hole. Brownback answered questions after a bill-signing ceremony in his ...

George Haley, one of first African Americans in Kansas Senate, dies

Peter Hancock

Former state Sen. George W. Haley, one of the first African Americans elected to the Kansas Senate and the father of current Sen. David Haley, died Wednesday at his home in Silver Spring, Md. He was 89. George Haley was elected to the Senate in 1964 as a Republican from ...

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