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Concerns of those who care for Kansans with developmental disabilities rise as session reconvenes

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — As legislators return Wednesday for the wrap-up session, concerns are rising for those who care for Kansans with developmental disabilities. Two issues are in play. One is increased funding proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback to reduce the number of Kansans on waiting lists to get the support they ...

Tax cuts will reduce state revenue more than Great Recession

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — State tax revenue is expected to decline more over the next fiscal year than it decreased during the three years of the Great Recession, according to new state fiscal estimates. New revenue figures show that the state will receive $5.454 billion in tax revenue for the fiscal year ...

Kobach testifies against immigration bill before U.S. Senate committee

Scott Rothschild

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was in Washington, D.C., yesterday testifying against an immigration bill before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Kobach cited the recent Boston Marathon bombing as one of several reasons he opposed the proposed legislation, saying that the bill provided insufficient background checks to prevent terrorists ...

Big revenue decrease projected for fiscal year starting July 1

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Last week's revenue projections by state fiscal officials showed little change in Kansas' revenue forecast. But budgetary storm clouds are right over the horizon. The new numbers highlighted that next year state revenue will drop precipitously as the income tax cuts signed into law last year by Gov. ...

Brownback says higher sales tax needed in case state loses school finance lawsuit

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback continues to try to build his case for making the 6.3 percent state sales tax permanent, instead of letting it fall to 5.7 percent. On Friday, Brownback said the state may need revenue from the higher levy in case of a ruling against the state ...

The fight over sales tax has consumed Kansas politics for three years

Scott Rothschild

It's amazing how much of the political fighting in Kansas is wrapped up in one penny that most Kansans pay every day without a fuss. Of course, the penny adds up to approximately $300 million a year, and is key to state budget and tax policy. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2013/apr/18/253360/ During the Great ...

Roberts, Moran vote against expanded background checks in gun sales

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Kansas Republicans, voted against gun legislation that would have expanded background checks and other restrictions. The measure, put together by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, was in response to the Newtown, ...

KU outlines significant cuts if Legislature cuts higher education funding

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Kansas University's National Cancer Institute designation would be at significant risk if budget cuts proposed by House Republican leaders were enacted into law, officials said Wednesday. The leaders of state higher education institutions briefed the Kansas Board of Regents on the proposed cuts and said they stood with ...

Brownback wants interim study on higher education

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday said he wants the Legislature to conduct an in-depth study of public higher education in Kansas. Brownback's comments came as he lobbies fellow Republicans to keep higher education funding at current levels and reject proposed cuts. The GOP-dominated Legislature has proposed a 4 ...

Left- and right-leaning finance experts say Kansas tax changes worst in country over past two years

Scott Rothschild

The tax changes approved last year with only Republican support and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback are being called the worst tax measures passed by a state in the last two years. That's according to an article in Governing magazine [link text][1]that quotes right- and left-leaning financial experts. ...

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