Kansas lawmakers prepare to debate tax hikes, school funding

Tyson insisted language repealing the income tax exemption for owners of 330,000 businesses and the escalation of personal income taxes be placed in Senate Bill 30, knowing legislative procedure requires the bill to be voted on first by the full House. "It would be good to get that done so we can get the Appropriations Committee to get to work".

Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, said she would have welcomed House passage of the measure because it likely could have received enough votes in the Senate to be sent to the governor's desk.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said he will not agree to the House wording because he thinks it misses the mark and accomplishes little.

House Minority Leader Jim Ward, D-Wichita, discounted suggestions that Democrats sought a second vote in the House on the previous bill defeated 53-68.

One particular way that the Republican bill cuts coverage is by gutting Medicaid, a program that covers more than 60 percent of all nursing home residents nationwide, covers kids with disabilities, and benefits almost 70 million Americans.

- A one-year moratorium on new STAR Bond projects was included, but projects already in the pipeline - including Salina's - wouldn't be affected. "They want a balanced budget", Rep.

Voters turned on Brownback and his legislative allies previous year, ousting two dozen conservatives from the Legislature to give Democrats and GOP moderates more power.

The Texas House on Wednesday rejected the Senate's effort to scale back an ambitious, $1.6 billion school funding plan and tack on a limited school voucher program.

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"We really want a solution, we just don't want the solution to be one that has been rejected time and time again", Armstead said. He said there was misconception a portion of 26 House Democrats voting against that bill had buyer's remorse. "We're going to find a way to get that product to the individual". It comes three weeks after the House passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and as Senate Republicans try crafting their own version, which they say will be different. "I don't take seriously their ideas".

Meanwhile, approximately 40 conservative Republicans from both chambers continue to argue that tax increases aren't needed to balance the budget.

In some areas of the country, people with pre-existing medical conditions and others who were seriously ill "would ultimately be unable to purchase" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, "if they could purchase at all", the report said.

"Now we have many different opinions, and no one doubts this is hard".

The House nonetheless passed a school finance package in April that would increase annual, per-student funding about $210 to $5,350, while raising state spending for school district transportation and educating dyslexic students.

The late-night maneuver brings the wider bill back for now — but it's on a bill by a Democrat who won't accept the changes.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, center, flanked by Sen. "We can do this a different way", Weber said. It's perhaps the part of Obama's law that Republicans most detest. "We have voted it down twice". "To me, I'd rather have the input as we move along than a bill be produced and all of a sudden it's the product and then everybody opines".


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