Fiscal Issues Dominate Kan. Legislature's Agenda

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators will begin their annual session facing a budget shortfall and a court order to boost spending on public schools.

But many of them want to cut income taxes for the second consecutive year.

Legislators convene Monday afternoon.

Both the House and Senate will have new leaders, conservative Republican majorities and plenty of new faces following last year's elections.

With GOP moderates ousted from power in the Senate, many lawmakers anticipate reviving a wide variety of measures. They include proposals to reshape the state's appellate courts and create a 401(k)-style pension plan for new teachers and government workers.

Conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback plans to outline his agenda in Tuesday evening's State of the State address. He'll release details about his budget proposals Wednesday morning.