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Former Speaker Endorses Tiahrt in Kanasas Senate Race

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has endorsed Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt's bid for a Senate seat. Tiahrt is battling fellow congressman Jerry Moran for the seat currently held by Sam Brownback, who says he'll run for Kansas Governor in 2010.

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Kansas Governor Willing to Revisit Death Penalty Law

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Gov. Mark Parkinson told reporters Monday that if the evidence is the death penalty is poor public policy or hasn't been applied in a fair manner, he would be happy to look at it.

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STIMULUS WATCH: Early Road Aid Leaves Out Neediest

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Counties with high jobless rates stand to receive less help from President Obama's stimulus plan for roads and bridges. For example, Riley County, Kan. - with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate - will get $56 million. Elk County, Pa. - 14 percent unemployment - will get nothing.

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Governor Lists Highlights of Legislature's Recently Ended Session

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Governor Mark Parkinson (D-Kan.) said among the highlights of the legislative session were balancing the budget without increasing taxes, changing the state's unemployment insurance law, and passing a comprehensive energy package.

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House Takes Up Energy Bill, Budget Issue

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Kansas House is expected to approve an energy bill that would allow a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Legislators are also continuing work on the state budget.

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Tax Bill Needed to Close Kansas Deficit Advances

Updated: 05/07/2009 - The Kansas Senate sent the House a measure which makes $61 million in revenue adjustments. It gives Kansans one year instead of three to seek income and sales tax refunds. It also reduces income tax credits for businesses and others.

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Deficit-Shrinking Bill in Kan. Goes to Governor

Updated: 05/07/2009 - Democrats and moderate Republicans on Thursday pushed the bill through the House over the objections of GOP leaders. It makes $138 million in spending cuts and contains some revenue-raising measures, though not a general tax increase.

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Kansas Senate Plans to Debate Green Energy Bill

Updated: 05/06/2009 - The Senate Utilities Committee endorsed a measure Wednesday that contains renewable energy proposals. Debate in the full Senate is planned Thursday. The measure would clear the way for a coal-fired power plant in western Kansas.

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Votes for 'The People's Budget' Delivered to Statehouse

Updated: 05/06/2009 - The Topeka Independent Living Resource Center organized an effort for Kansans to show legislators they support efforts to raise state revenues, but don't want to see more cuts. They delivered ballots for "The People's Budget" to the Statehouse Wednesday.

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Kansas Legislators Work in Rival Budget Plan

Updated: 05/05/2009 - The House Appropriations Committee advanced a plan for shrinking a projected budget deficit relies far more heavily on spending cuts than Gov. Mark Parkinson and his fellow Democrats want. Debate is set for Wednesday.

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Kansas Senate Passes Revised Budget

Updated: 05/05/2009 - The Kansas Senate passed a revised budget Tuesday that cuts a projected budget deficit to $70 million. It cuts spending $138 million, two-thirds of that from public schools and higher education.

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Kansas Lawmakers Working on Bill to Enact Coal Deal

Updated: 05/05/2009 - Lawmakers were trying Tuesday to slog through the details of legislation to enact the agreement between Gov. Mark Parkinson and the top executive at Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

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Kansas Senate Debates Budget

Updated: 05/05/2009 - In an effort to balance the state budget, the Senate is debating a bill with a mix of spending cuts and revenue boosters to help balance the next state budget.

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