Top Morning News 4.1.13
Lawmakers look for final push as the 2013 legislative session winds down; Officials blame short revenue on Feds; KanCare selection period ends on Thursday.
Kansas GOP Leaders Eye Final Push On Budget, Taxes
Kansas legislators are returning from a long weekend Monday determined to push through tax legislation, the next state budget, and every other bill of any significance in just five days.
Republicans leaders have pledged that lawmakers will finish almost all of the year's work by Friday.
This would break their standard practice over the past quarter-century, to shorten their annual session. But to make good on the pledge, some tricky and contentious issues will have to be resolved quickly.
The biggest piece of the puzzle is how to resolve differences on taxes and whether a 2010 sales tax increase is allowed to expire in July as scheduled.
Gov. Brownback and many lawmakers want to keep it in place to help balance the 2014 budget.
State Officials Blame Revenue Shortfall On Feds
State officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million dollars in March state tax collections on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues.
KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday
The clock is ticking for the 380,000 Kansans whose health insurance comes through the Medicaid program now known as KanCare.
WSU Men's Basketball Advances To Final Four
It's no April Fool's joke: the WSU Shockers have advanced to the Final Four.
The Shockers beat No. 2 seed Ohio State University on Saturday night. They haven't made it this far into the NCAA tournament since 1965.
With their 30th victory of the season, the Shockers set a new school record for wins in a season surpassing the 29 wins by the 2010-11 NIT Championship team.
Wichita State will play the winner No. 1 seed Louisville on Saturday.