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Santa Stash 2017

Deadlines Loom For Returning Lawmakers

Associated Press - April 29, 2017 4:19 pm

Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka facing pressing deadlines to find a budget fix and write a new law for funding public schools.

The Republican-controlled Legislature ends its annual spring break Monday with the year’s biggest issues far from resolved.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019, and legislators expect to increase taxes.

They’ve focused on rolling back past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He vetoed an income-tax bill in February and lawmakers have struggled to find consensus since then.

Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court has ruled that education funding is inadequate.

GOP leaders hope lawmakers can finish their work by mid-May but it could drag into June, as it did in 2015.


Kelly Grace

May 1, 2017 at 1:09 am

What a complete mess the rethuglicans have created. They continue to destroy not only Kansas but America. Party before country and state, how disgusting everyone of them are.

Keith W. Davis

May 1, 2017 at 4:13 am

Ms. Grace – Do you live in Salina ? Curious is all.

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