Time to throw bums out of Legislature

An opinion from The Wichita Eagle: BY H. EDWARD FLENTJE “Kansas voters may be ready to throw the bums out in upcoming elections. Why? Because many Kansans see their state government as one big mess.” “Nearly three of every four Kansans recently surveyed gave poor marks to the performance of…

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5 things to watch for when Legislature reconvenes this week

From The Lawrence Journal-World: “Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Wednesday to wrap up the 2016 legislative session, and GOP leaders are hoping to keep it short, within the “traditional” three to seven days.” “There’s a built-in incentive to keep it short this year. Under Kansas law, incumbent legislators…

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Brownback Offers Three Plans to Further Degrade Kansas

From KNEA Under the Dome: “In response to yesterday’s reduction in estimated tax collections, Governor Brownback and his Budget Director Shawn Sullivan quickly released three proposals to balance the budget.” “The first option would take nearly all of the remaining sales tax revenue dedicated to maintaining roads and highways further…

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Kansas lawmakers pass schools plan, but budget issues loom

From Today’s KFDI: “Before starting their annual spring break, Kansas lawmakers approved an education funding plan designed to satisfy a state Supreme Court mandate to help poor school districts.” “The also approved an overhaul of the juvenile justice system and new protections for religious groups on college campuses.” Read More…

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Procedural motion sets up Kansas Senate vote on food sales tax reductions

From The Topeka Capital-Journal: “A Baldwin City legislator turned to a procedural device Friday in an attempt to compel Senate action on a proposed state constitutional amendment gradually repealing the statewide sales tax on food by 2019.” “Sen. Tom Holland, a Democrat, set the stage for Senate consideration of an…

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