Sales tax proposal faces challenge in Kansas House; House leaders disagree over use of ending balance; Kansans set Guinness World Record.

Sales Tax Proposal Faces Challenge In KS House

The Kansas Senate could vote on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal this week, but some are questioning whether one of its main provisions can pass the House.


House Leaders Disagree On Using State's Ending Balance

Senate Committee Approves Gov. Brownback's Tax Plan

Feb 12, 2013

The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee endorsed most of Gov.  Sam Brownback's tax plan Tuesday.  The committee spent fewer than 10 minutes discussing the governor's proposals before approving the bill.  The legislation could move to the full senate for debate next week.

Gov. Brownback wants to phase out personal income taxes in Kansas over the next four years. The committee kept the governor's call to balance the tax cuts by making a temporary sales tax hike permanent. However, they cut his proposal to eliminate an income tax deduction for property taxes on homes.

Bill Bars Use Of Tax Dollars to Lobby KS Legislature

Feb 12, 2013
Stephen Koranda

Supporters and opponents of a bill that would bar local governments and public entities from spending tax dollars on lobbying gathered Monday.

The bill would affect the abilities of cities, counties and universities to support or oppose legislation and make it a crime to spend public money on lobbying.

Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd says lobbying helped them get an airport, and allows them to stay on top of what’s happening in Topeka.

He says he talks to their local lawmakers, but that’s not enough.

Panel to debate Gov's tax plan; Bill would bar public entities and governments from using tax dollars to lobby; Bill would ban sex-selective abortions.

Kansas Senate Panel To Debate Gov's Tax Proposals

Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan is facing a crucial early test of its support among Kansas legislators.

House Dems Spur Debate On Tax Plan

Feb 8, 2013

In the Kansas House Friday, work on a technical bill that would make adjustments to last year's tax cut turned into a debate over Governor Sam Brownback's latest tax plan.

KS Senate Committee Delays Work On Gov's Tax Plan

Feb 6, 2013
Stephen Koranda

A Senate Committee has delayed work on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday, and the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments, also called "working" the bill.

Senate Tax Committee chairman Les Donovan says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were released Wednesday. The Chamber uses the results to assist in developing its agenda.

Project Director Pat McFerron says the survey showed strong support for continued state tax reform.

"Twenty-nine percent of Kansas business owners say that taxes are their top concern," says McFerron.

"It's the same percentage that we had last year and again, for 10 years it's been a top concern and this is asked at the start of the survey without us mentioning anything else."

KS Legislators Warn About Drop in State Revenue

Jan 8, 2013

Democrats in the Kansas House say legislators have been warned that Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts are likely to mean there's less cash to go around. 

"Legislative services who are the people we rely on, have always relied on for years, told you there would be a problem, tax experts in the state told you we would have a deficit before the session even started, that makes sense," says Democratic Representative Barbara Ballard of Lawrence.

Brownback Expects Lawmakers to Take on Taxes

Jan 2, 2013
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A large tax overhaul takes effect in Kansas now that the New Year has begun, but it may not remain "as-is" for long.

Governor Sam Brownback believes there's a good chance lawmakers could again look at taxes. And the governor himself may address taxes in his budget plans.

Sperm donor says case to require him to pay child support is politically motivated; Brownback says lawmakers will likely take on taxes; The Kansas Chamber of Commerce wants to loosen the state's liquor laws.

Sperm Donor Says Case Is Politically Motivated

A sperm donor says that the state's effort to make him pay child support for a baby conceived through artificial insemination is politically motivated.