Government

Taxes
6:04 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

House Turns Down Tax Compromise

The Kansas House has rejected a plan for cutting personal income taxes further and for setting the state's sales tax at 6 percent.

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Government
6:20 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

2013 Legislative Session
6:14 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Kan. Lawmakers Unsure When They'll Finish Session

Kansas legislators are going back to work on tax cuts and the budget, still uncertain when they'll wrap up their annual session.

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a plan to cut personal income taxes to follow up on massive reductions approved last year. The proposal sets the sales tax at 6 percent in July to raise additional revenues to prevent budget shortfalls.

The House would vote first on the plan, but its leaders haven't announced when the chamber will take up the measure.

2013 Legislative Session
7:59 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Some Kansas Legislators Turn Down Extra Pay

Some Kansas lawmakers have decided to turn down additional pay as the Legislature heads past its 90-day session limit.

The 90-day deadline passed on Thursday. Lawmakers have missed their deadline 32 of the last 40 years.

And each extra day of the session is estimated to cost taxpayers $45 thousand dollars.

A list provided by Legislative Administrative Services shows that five of 40 senators and 17 of 125 House members have declined the legislative salaries they'll accrue after the 90th day of session.

2013 Legislative Session
6:25 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Senate's New Plan Would Lower Sales Tax On Groceries

Top Republicans in the Kansas Senate don't yet know whether a new tax plan they've pushed through their chamber will find favor with GOP House members.

The bill approved Thursday by the Senate would lower the state sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent in January while keeping it at 6.3 percent for all other items subject to the tax. The vote was 24-15.

House members could take an up-or-down vote Friday on the measure, deciding whether to send it to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Legislature
5:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Legislative Session Extends Past Deadline

The Kansas Legislature's annual session will go into overtime because of disagreements on tax issues among Republicans.

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Education
6:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Legislation To Stop Common Core Standards Dropped

A question about the legality of putting a policy statement in the Kansas budget stalled some lawmakers' efforts to block the implementation of Common Core reading and math standards in state schools.

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Government
8:59 am
Wed May 22, 2013

McConnell Chosen As Home For New Tankers

Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the Air Force's new KC-46A air refueling tanker.

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing the Air Force decision. The aircraft will replace the aging KC-135 fleet flown by crews for the past 50 years.

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Taxes
6:01 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Legislative Tax Talks Continue

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

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Budget
5:50 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

State Budget Talks On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate still haven't decided when they'll resume talks aimed at reconciling differences between the two chambers on budget issues.

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