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Legislature
4:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Statehouse Republicans Gather In Rare Meeting

It was an unusual day at the Kansas Statehouse Thursday, as Republicans from the House and Senate gathered to smooth out differences between the two chambers on tax and budget issues. Some lawmakers said it had been at least seven years since Republicans from the two chambers met as a group to discuss policy.

“It’s fun as we go out to our dinners and take potshots at each other almost as if we’re competitors," said Ty Masterson, a Republican from Andover who heads the Kansas Senate budget committee. "But in reality, we’re all part of the same team, we are the legislative branch.”

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2013 Legislative Session
6:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Kan. GOP Leaders Say Tax Talks Have Stalled

The Kansas Legislature's top Republican leaders are acknowledging that their private negotiations on tax issues have hit an impasse.

Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita told fellow GOP senators Tuesday that her chamber and the House don't even agree on assumptions to use in projecting state revenues and spending.

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Taxes
5:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Democratic Leader Upset Over Private Tax Talks

A top Kansas Democrat is criticizing Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP legislative leaders for holding private talks to resolve tax issues.

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News
6:19 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Morning News 4.9.13

 Kansas budget still not set as lawmakers take a break from the Statehouse; The Kansas Board of Education is set to adopt new history standards; Rain helps crops a little as spring planting begins.

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Kansas legislators left for their month-long break without finalizing the state's $14 billion budget.

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Kan. Ed Board Set To Approve History Standards

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2013 Legislative Session
6:11 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

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Kansas legislators are on a month-long break, having left behind a budget still considered a work in progress and more possible changes to the state tax code.

Lawmakers adjourned late Friday having approved several issues after more than a week of negotiations. But many of the spending cuts favored by the majority of Republicans remain in play.

One area is higher education. The Senate is recommending a 4 percent cut for state universities and community colleges. The House favors a 2 percent cut.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:55 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Health Club Bill Stalls In Committee

A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes has stalled in a committee.

Wednesday, a conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure.

Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs. The controversial legislation prompted hundreds of emails about the issue to lawmakers.

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Taxes
6:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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News
5:23 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Top Morning News 4.2.13

Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.

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Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law

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Taxes
5:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in plans for further cuts in personal income taxes.

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Government
6:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

State Officials Blame Revenue Shortfall On Feds

Kansas officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million in state tax collections in March on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues.

The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state collected almost $364 million in taxes last month. It had expected to take in more than $420 million.

The department noted that collections for the fiscal year that started in July are slightly ahead of the state's projection that it would collect $4.24 billion through March.

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