Revenue forecast lowered

NEIGHBORS: New revenue estimates were released this week.  This is what the legislature will use to finalize its budget.  See details below. CONSENSUS REVENUES REDUCED The consensus revenue estimating group made its biannual update today.  The group produces the estimates that the legislature must use to develop its budget for the rest of this 2015 fiscal year and the upcoming 2016-17…

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More bills to the Governor

NEIGHBORS: There were some long nights at the Legislature last week, but the budget and tax issues will be unresolved until they return for the veto session on April 29. I am sending a list of some bills sent to the Governor’s desk, and bills of interest that will be held until the veto session. March revenues came in $11 million below…

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Senate passes budget

NEIGHBORS: This is the last week before first adjournment of the 2015 session.  They have changed the start of the veto session to April 29. That gives the budget committees more time to work through the new revenue estimates and finalize things. SENATE PASSES BUDGET Last week the Senate passed a budget for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.  HB 2135 spends over $6.4…

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Bills go to the Governor

NEIGHBORS: It was a busy week at the Capitol.  Dozens of bills were passed by the House and Senate.  Over the next week they will conference on bills to see where they can find agreement.  Then they will break from April 3 to April 27 to get new revenue estimates.  If you have questions about a particular bill, write back to me…

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Block grant passes House

NEIGHBORS: Friday was a sad day for Kansas kids as the House passed by just one vote SB7, repealing the current school funding law and replacing it with a block grant for two years. There were thousands of calls last night trying to get representatives to vote this bill down. But they just came up short. BLOCK GRANT – WHY IT’S…

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