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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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Missouri Professor Wants To Lead Sudan

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Mizzou history prof Abdullahi Ibrahim is ready to retire from teaching; will return to his homeland with the dream of becoming President.

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Obama Targets Tax Havens, Loopholes

Updated: 05/04/2009 - The President's plan would take out tax deductions for some foreign profits, crack down on the rich who send money to tax haven nations.

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Shawnee Co. Readies Eminent Domain, Just In case

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Shawnee Co. Attorney Rich Eckert now has permission to file an accomidation proceeding against the owners of four properties near the proposed dual roundabouts east of 46th Street and Highway 75.

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Kan. Senate Puts Off Budget Debate, Deal Hinted

Updated: 05/04/2009 - The Senate has canceled a debate on spending cuts and revenue-raising measures so members can try to come up with a compromise to balance Kansas' next budget.

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Obama Announces Plan to Close Tax Loopholes

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Obama said Monday he wants to prevent U.S. companies from deferring tax payments by keeping profits in foreign companies rather than recording them at home.

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Obama to crack down on business taxes

Updated: 05/04/2009 - President Barack Obama plans changes to tax policy certain to be unpopular with corporations with international divisions and individuals who use tax havens.

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VP, President Administer Ceremonial Oath for Sebelius

Updated: 05/01/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden administered a ceremonial oath Friday for Sebelius as Health and Human Services Secretary. President Obama attended. Sebelius officially took her oath Tuesday, hours after her Senate confirmation to the HHS job.

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