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 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

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Apr 9, 2013
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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.

Health Club Bill Stalls In Committee

Apr 4, 2013

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.

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Apr 3, 2013

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

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

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Apr 1, 2013

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

State Officials Blame Revenue Shortfall On Feds

Apr 1, 2013

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.

Kansas Sees Revenue Shortfall In March

Mar 29, 2013

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.

Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings

Mar 27, 2013

A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation Wednesday.

Kan. House, Senate Ready To Negotiate Budget Differences

Mar 25, 2013

The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.

Conference committees made up of three members from each chamber will work to find a compromise between the different bills. Both chambers will then consider the compromise legislation.

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