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Lawmakers, frustrated by failure of tax bill, mulling what to do next

Peter Hancock

Several key Kansas lawmakers were clearly frustrated Thursday morning after the House defeated [a $403 million tax bill][1] to balance the budget, and some said openly they don't know what to do next. Among them was Rep. Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, who was among a minority of House members voting for ...

House offers 'trailer' bill; process may be dicey

Peter Hancock

Republican leaders in the Kansas House offered their "trailer bill" proposal Wednesday afternoon that could pave the way for lawmakers to end the 2015 session. But the process of getting both bills through the House, and then getting the trailer bill through the Senate, could be difficult. House Taxation Committee ...

Brownback urges passage of tax bill and trailer bill

Peter Hancock

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is urging the Kansas House to pass the Senate's tax bill, along with any "trailer" bill that's needed to clean up provisions that many House members find objectionable. "At this point in time, they just need to get something done, get it across the line, work ...

House wants tax lid, other policies out of mega bill

Peter Hancock

Republican leaders in the Kansas House are trying to devise a way to pass the Senate's tax plan, but follow it up with a so-called "trailer" bill that would remove a number of tax policies that many House members find objectionable. If successful, that could pave the way for closing ...

Talk of letting governor make budget cuts grows stronger

Peter Hancock

Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate are growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress on a tax bill to balance the state's budget, and talk about letting Republican Gov. Sam Brownback do it himself through "allotment" cuts is growing stronger. The Associated Press reported Monday night that Brownback's budget ...

Fate of tax bill in doubt in Kansas House

Peter Hancock

The fate of the $423 million tax bill that the Kansas Senate passed Sunday night was very much in doubt in the House Monday afternoon. The House postponed debate on the bill until around 6 p.m., giving both party caucuses about four hours to look over the complex package of ...

Donovan back in chairman's seat

Peter Hancock

Sen. Les Donovan returned to his seat as chairman of the Senate tax committee Sunday, saying his threat the previous night to resign was merely "venting." A House-Senate conference committee met briefly Sunday afternoon, hoping to come again to come up with a combination of tax provisions that that would ...

Brownback signs bill preventing furloughs

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday evening signed a bill aimed at preventing more than 24,000 state employees from being furloughed at midnight. After at first declining to hear the bill, the Kansas Senate voted Saturday to pass and send the measure to Brownback. The bill, which passed unanimously, declares that ...

Senate may not vote on furlough prevention bill

Peter Hancock

The Kansas House voted unanimously Saturday to pass a bill that would prevent furloughs from going into effect at midnight, but Senate President Susan Wagle said she may not bring it up for a vote. "Our goal is to pass a balanced budget and a balanced tax plan," Wagle, a ...

Vouchers and tax lid part of latest budget package

Peter Hancock

Kansas lawmakers will spend part of Saturday debating a tax bill that includes a property tax lid on cities and counties, and an expanded type of voucher program that gives individuals and businesses a 70 percent tax credit for contributing to scholarship funds for private and parochial schools. Lawmakers are ...

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