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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 ...

Live updates from Day 106 at the Statehouse

Peter Hancock

**Property tax lid re-emerges in third tax proposal** Kansas lawmakers plan to vote sometime after midnight Friday on a budget-balancing bill that would include a kind of property tax lid for city and county governments. That idea, which emerged as a surprise in the Senate earlier in the week, would ...

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 ...

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