2016 BUDGET DETAILS

NEIGHBORS: Here are some notes on the 2016 fiscal year budget that runs from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. Not much changed from the original budget passed earlier in the session, but we know more now about how it will impact Kansans across the state. Journalist and newsman Jim Lehrer once said, “If we don’t have an informed…

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Governor’s budget announcement

NEIGHBORS: Here is an update on some recent happenings at the capitol. GOVERNOR’S BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS The Governor’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, today announced the cuts and transfers he intends to make to keep the state’s 2016 ending balance above zero. The good news is he didn’t really cut anything. The bad news is he didn’t really cut anything. The problem…

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New laws in effect

NEIGHBORS: Some updated information on the school funding case and the budget.  It’s past July 1, so a number of new laws are now in effect.  Some of those are listed below. COURT STAYS ORDER The Kansas Supreme Court has stayed the District Court ruling on school funding at the request of the Attorney General. The Court says it will expedite the proceedings (i.e., briefing,…

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Court issues order on school funding

NEIGHBORS: The June federal jobs report is out and that reminded me I hadn’t posted job openings in a while.  Hope you find these helpful. Then the school funding court ruling came in, so here is a look at the key points of the ruling and what that might mean. LET’S GET TO WORK! Here are some job openings in our…

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Your guide to tax increases

NEIGHBORS: The 2015 legislative session is over.  Here are the major details of the tax plan passed.  The Governor also signed the budget with only one line-item veto.  When I get the final budget details, I will share those as well. TAX PLAN PASSES With a $400 million hole to fill, the Senate first passed a tax plan on Sunday, June 7.  However, it…

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