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Legislative Update: Week 15

The Kansas Legislature is not much closer to adjournment, unfortunately, with little advancement on major tax policy or budget issues last week. However, we did see movement on school finance as the House K-12 bill was voted out of committee on Monday and a new Senate education plan was introduced on Wednesday. 1,189 more words

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Week 1 of Veto Session

Kansas lawmakers wrapped up the first part of the 2017 legislative session on April 7 and returned to TopekaMay 1 after a three-week spring break. Heading into Veto Session, Legislators still faced the same dominant issues since January – budget, taxes and school finance. 1,303 more words

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Trump's tax plan 'would be Kansas on steroids' | MSNBC

National treasure and all round good person, Rachel Maddow, published this article on her blog the other day. It is in keeping with my series on White conservative voters voting against their best interests. 194 more words

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Final Week of Regular Session

The Kansas Legislature adjourned the regular session before noon Friday and will return on May 1 for the veto session. The final week of the regular session was spent mostly in conference committees, where negotiators ironed out House and Senate positions on many bills. 488 more words

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“Unborn children do not have a voice, but they are young members of the human family. It is time to look at the unborn child, and recognize that it is really a young human, who can feel pain and should be treated with care.”

—Sam Brownback.

Thought For Today

KS Senate passes rescission bill on 2017 budget

It was a pivotal week in the 2017 Kansas Legislative Session, getting the state one step closer to filling the $1 billion expected budget shortfall over the next few years. 536 more words

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Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Taxes Are What We Pay for Civilized Society."

You will notice that I did not mention the issue of school funding in the title of this post. Neither did I mention the name of the state that is the subject of the post. 1,118 more words

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