Category: Capitol Ideas

Committees keeping guv’s wishes intact

As the pace is picking up for this session, issues become more difficult to follow. Committees are kicking out bills rapidly now and the number of bills waiting floor action is large. Bills continue to be introduced, although at this point they must go through an exempt committee rather than a regular committee. Exempt committees are Appropriations and Taxation, which […]

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Few ideas surfacing for budget solution

For some reason, the atmosphere seems to be changed slightly in the Capitol this week, perhaps because the rescission budget was passed and signed by the governor. Now we can move on to the regular budget issues for 2016 and 2017. The budget hole is large for 2016, and if anyone has a good idea how to fill the gap, […]

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Rescission bill shifts funds to address debt

We have had a couple of interesting days already this week as the rescission bill was passed out of committee Monday. A rescission bill cuts budgets and moves money around to balance the current-year budget. The full House voted Tuesday to pass it. The Senate agreed to on Thursday. This year, the bill to balance the current year budget is […]

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Solution for budget impossible to know

by Don Schroeder As we approach the end of January, committees are meeting and sorting through about 125 bills introduced in the Senate and 175 introduced in the House to this point. The deadline for introducing bills is just over two weeks away. Budget issues continue to weigh on everyone’s mind. At the forum in Moundridge, several questions were asked […]

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KDOT targeted for $413M funding cut

by Don Schroeder Week 2 of the legislative session has come and gone. Probably because of a concerted effort of the speaker and the Senate president, things are moving faster this year, but we have a long way to go. Budget issues are on everyone’s mind. Most of the regular committees and the budget subcommittees will meet next week. When […]

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Budget deficit easily is top issue in Topeka

by Don Schroeder The 2015 legislative session has begun. The first week is typically formality with statewide and legislative elected officials being sworn in to office. Several resolutions must be passed by both the House and Senate to formally begin session. The governor gave the State of the State message Thursday evening and the Legislature received the governor’s budget proposal […]

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Organizers deem first lake paddle-boat race a success
Organizers deem first lake paddle-boat race a success

Organizers deem first lake paddle-boat race a success

Paddleboatracers7217 Marion County Park and Lake was the scene of paddle boat racing Saturday with organizers considering the event an overwhelming success. Maggie and Robert Nichols, co-coordinators, said they were expecting maybe five paddle boats total, but when nine teams of two registered, they were pleased. “This year,” Nichols said, “we just wanted to get the event off the ground. […]

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What’s the best option for state’s new tax law?

This may be my last column for the session. Sine Die was Friday, June 1, and the session is officially over. However, if maps that redistrict the Kansas House and Senate, Congress and the state school board are not set by the time you read this, Kansas may have to extend the filing deadline for candidates, as well as possibly […]

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Loss of colleague means loss of wonderful friend

It is with great sadness that I write of my good friend and fellow legislator, Bob Bethell, who died in a car wreck Sunday evening, May 20, on his way home after the close of the legislative session. His funeral was Thursday. Bob was a resident of Alden in Rice County. He had worked through the years as, among other […]

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No point in belaboring ‘tax bill’ for time being

What a week! We started May 14 and finally put the 2012 legislative session to bed Sunday the 20th at 6:42 p.m. Yup, Sunday. Here’s a huge thank-you to my wife, Anita, and to Suzanne Thole for leading the choir in my absence. “That tax bill” I referred to in last week’s column is found in HB 2117 and is […]

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