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Kansas Budget Negotiations Begin

Posted: 03/26/2013 - Two Republicans and one Democrat from each chamber met Tuesday morning to hear an offer from the House on resolving several hundred line items in the state's FY 2014 budget.

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Kansas Proposal For $1.5B In Pension Bonds Advances

Posted: 03/26/2013 - Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds to boost the financial health of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.

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Kansas House Adopts Keystone XL Resolution

Posted: 03/26/2013 - Kansas House members are pressing the White House and the U.S. State Department to approve a permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.

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Kansas Senate Panel Advances Big Anti-Abortion Bill

Posted: 03/22/2013 - The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee advanced an abortion bill Friday after a brief hearing. Legislators made no changes to the bill, which cleared the House earlier this week.

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Kansas House Approves Cuts in sales, income taxes

Posted: 03/21/2013 - The House voted Thursday82-39 on a measure mandating small reductions in individual income tax rates each year that overall state revenues grow by more than 2 percent. The bill also allows the state sales tax to drop in July, as scheduled by law.

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Kansas Senate Approves Budget Bill

Posted: 03/21/2013 - The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Kansas House Speaker Expects Tax Measure To Pass

Posted: 03/21/2013 - Speaker Ray Merrick expects the Kansas House to approve a bill cutting sales and income taxes that's an alternative to a tax plan from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Kansas Senate Set To Approve Budget Bill

Posted: 03/21/2013 - Legislators are one step away from beginning negotiations on how Kansas will spend some $14 billion on government programs in the next fiscal year.

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Kansas Board Of Ed Sends Letter To Lawmakers

Posted: 03/21/2013 - The Kansas State Board of Education has sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback and state legislators reminding them of the board's authority to set state education standards.

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Kansas House Drops Major Provision Of Tax Plan

Posted: 03/20/2013 - Kansas House members reversed a plan that would have diverted $382 million in highway funds over two years to other uses, to help stabilize the budget.

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Kansas House Rejects $45M Property Tax Relief Plan

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The House voted 73-48 against an amendment offered by Rep. Jim Ward to a bill requiring local government commissions to take a public vote if they intend to spend an increase in property tax revenues that is above the rate of inflation.

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Kansas House OKs Budget, Senate Advances Own Plan

Posted: 03/20/2013 - Kansas Senators advanced a bill, which would spend $14 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. It was debated for more than five hours Wednesday before the initial vote.

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Kansas House Advances Cuts In Sales, Income Taxes

Posted: 03/20/2013 - Legislation earning initial approval in the House follows up on personal income tax cuts enacted last year by promising income tax rate reductions each year that overall state revenues grow more than 2 percent.

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Kansas House OKs Budget, Senate Debate Awaits

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The Kansas House has given final approval to the chamber's version of a $14 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, including cuts to higher education.

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Sales Tax, Highway Funds At Center Of Debate

Posted: 03/20/2013 - Kansas House members expect a debate on taxes to focus on proposals to lower the sales tax and divert highway funds to other parts of the budget.

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House, Senate To Act On Kansas Budget

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The Kansas House and Senate are set to act on their respective versions of a $14 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill Faces Kansas House Vote

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The Kansas House is preparing for a final vote on a bill that would block tax breaks for abortion providers and bar public schools from using sex education instruction from abortion providers.

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Kansas House Approves Bill On Union Pay Deductions

Posted: 03/19/2013 - A 68-54 vote Tuesday in the House sends to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a bill barring public employee unions from deducting money from members' paychecks to help finance political activities.

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Kansas House Advances Big Anti-Abortion Bill

Posted: 03/19/2013 - The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and barring public schools from using sex education instruction from abortion providers.

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