Wind vs Oil in Kansas

NEIGHBORS: Lots of ideas floating around now about which taxes to raise to fill the $400+ million budget hole. As proposals float to the top I’ll let you know which ones are getting legs. Thought I’d take this lull in the action to fill you in on some other issues coming up.  An informed electorate is a danger to bad…

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House tax plan rejected

NEIGHBORS: The regular session ended last week and we are now into “overtime” at the cost of $43,000 per day. TAX PLAN REJECTED Facing a $400+ million deficit, the House tax committee passed out two tax bills last week. HB2430 would restore some taxes for the businesses that currently pay no income tax. It would raise about $133 million in…

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Unemployment bill to the Governor

NEIGHBORS: Not much progress last week on a budget or taxes, but there were several other bills passed.  Information below. UNEMPLOYMENT BILL TO THE GOVERNOR The Senate concurred in SB 154 and sent it to the Governor for signature. It had passed earlier in the House. This bill changes provisions of our Unemployment Insurance system. It changes how we calculate…

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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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