tax cuts en Senate Committee Delays Work On Tax Plan <p>A Kansas Senate committee has delayed debate on Governor Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A mistake at the Statehouse printing office meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday.</p><p>Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, said he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it. Donovan added, though, that senators could use some more time to prepare for the debate.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:28:32 +0000 Stephen Koranda 12253 at Some Lawmakers May Pursue Cuts During Budget Talks <p>Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year.</p><p>He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction. Though, some lawmakers may try to alter that plan.</p><p>There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:39:29 +0000 Stephen Koranda 11467 at Top Morning News 01.21.13 <p><em>Brownback&nbsp;moves to merge JJA and Department of Corrections; Lawmakers looking to make more tax cuts in 2013 session; City of Wichita to consider water usage. &nbsp;</em></p><p><strong>Brownback To Merge Juvenile, Adult Corrections</strong></p><p>Governor Sam Brownback has submitted an executive order to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with its adult Department of Corrections.</p><p>The order takes effect in July unless either the House or Senate reject it.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:48:18 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 11471 at Top Morning News 01.21.13 2013 Legislative Session To Commence <p>Monday marks the start of the 2013 legislative session. This could be one of the most significant sessions in years.</p><p>Conservative Republicans control the House, Senate, and Governor's office.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In recent years. moderate Republicans and Democrats have been able to block some legislation pushed by conservatives. But that is unlikely to happen in this session.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:05:24 +0000 Stephen Koranda 11142 at Budget Projections May Be Recalculated After Unexpected Tax Revenues <p>The state Revenue Department says Kansas collected $2.6 million more in taxes than expected in November.</p><p>The agency said Friday that the state collected about $441 million in taxes this month, when a fiscal forecast predicted it would take in less than $439 million.</p><p>The difference is less than 1 percent, but Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the numbers contain solid signs that the state's economy is improving. The report was the first since officials issued a new fiscal forecast earlier this month.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:57:45 +0000 Associated Press 9318 at Top Morning News 11.02.12 <p><em>&nbsp;Kobach&nbsp;predicts voter turnout to be around 68 percent; Kansas GOP says they may lose some House seats on Nov. 6; A hydroelectric power plant in Lawrence is expected to start operating Friday.</em></p><p><strong>Kobach Predicts 68 Percent Voter Turnout In Kansas</strong></p><p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 68 percent voter turnout in Tuesday's elections. Kobach offered the forecast Thursday.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 10:45:01 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 7911 at Top Morning News 11.02.12 Supporters, Opponents Continue To Tout, Deride Tax Cut <p></p><h3 style="padding: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 6px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">&nbsp;</h3><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">Supporters and opponents of tax-cutting legislation continue to talk about the plan, even going on the road to do it.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:15:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 6947 at Kansas Prepares For New Tax Rules <p>Preparations are underway for tax changes next year. Kansas Department of Revenue staff is working this summer to write the new rules and regulations that will guide the agency as it implements a sweeping series of cuts to the state&rsquo;s income tax system.</p><p>Secretary Nick Jordan says the agency is meeting with accountants and lawyers to discuss the new law and write the policies that will govern how taxes are collected for individuals and businesses.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:45:50 +0000 Frank Dudgeon & Associated Press 1286 at Richard Crowson: It's Time To Pay Attention <p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 1886 at Richard Crowson: It's Time To Pay Attention