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Kansas Senate Panel Taking Up Gov's Tax Proposals

Posted: 02/05/2013 - A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to debate Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to cut income tax rates and scrap two popular deductions for homeowners.

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Legislative Leaders Differ On Tax Cut Impact On Budget Bottom Line

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Republican leaders downplayed Thursday's figures from Legislative Research, showing the Governor's proposed cuts would create a $782 million shortfall in 2018, but Democrats say the report shows the state can't afford the Governor's plan.

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Kansas Saw $62M In Unexpected Tax Revenues In January

Posted: 01/31/2013 - A preliminary report Thursday from the Department of Revenue says January's tax collections totaled nearly $635 million - almost 11 percent above an official forecast for the month.

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Kansas Plan Aims To End Schools Lawsuit

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The Senate Education Committee agreed Wednesday to sponsor a measure declaring that the Legislature has the exclusive power to determine how much money is spent on schools.

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Kansas Senate Approves Change For Appellate Courts

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The Kansas Senate gave first-round approval to a measure would have the governor appoint judges to the Kansas Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court, subject to Senate confirmation.

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Group: Poor Kansans Hit Harder By Taxes Than Rich

Posted: 01/30/2013 - A new study by a non-partisan Washington research group says the poorest Kansans pay a much higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than do the state's wealthiest residents.

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Kansas Lawmakers Catch Up On Efficiency

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Kansas lawmakers are getting a full immersion in education spending and policies, with another week of joint meetings by the House and Senate Education Committees.

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Revenue Secretary Discussing Brownback's Tax Plan

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan is preparing to discuss Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to abolish two popular income tax deductions for homeowners and cancel a scheduled decline in the state sales tax.

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Kansas Turnpike Official Meets With Legislators

Posted: 01/24/2013 - The top official of the Kansas Turnpike Authority did not discuss the merits of a proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback to merge the agency with the Kansas Department of Transportation during a meeting with a House committee.

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Kansas House Panel Passes Judicial Selection Change

Posted: 01/23/2013 - The House Judiciary Committee endorsed a measure allowing governors to name whomever they want to fill vacancies on the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. The appointments would require Senate confirmation.

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States Rethink Mental Health Cuts After Shootings

Posted: 01/23/2013 - About 30 states have reduced mental health spending since 2008, when revenues were in steep decline, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In Kansas, funding has gone down 12 percent.

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