Category: Capitol Ideas

Governor’s budget slow to reach floor

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives This week looks rather slow, but things are picking up. As I think about it, maybe the reason for a slow legislative start this year could be waiting for the January revenue report. Another reason could be that it has become a normal practice to hold off decisions on big issues to […]

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Shrinking revenue a key concern for state

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives As we begin the second week of session, it is anticipated the pace will pick up considerably. If we have any hope of a shortened session, we will need to kick things in gear. First, I need to do is correct something I said last week. I stated that actual state revenue […]

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Funding budget top legislative challenge

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The 2016 session of the Kansas Legis­la­­ture is up and running. Typically the start is slow but the pace quickly picks up as we move into the session a week or two. We have Jan. 18 off as a holiday, but the rest of the week will be full of committee meetings […]

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Longest session is reaching conclusion

The legislative session finally appears to be ending. Legislators will be happy to return to normal life and jobs as wheat harvest is beginning in the southern parts of the state and my farm friends are anxious to get to it. Last weekend House members were off on Sunday but the Senate worked Sunday afternoon. The Senate passed a tax […]

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Legislative gridlock prolonging session

The legislative session continues. We are approaching a record-long session with no apparent solution in sight. The longest session on record was in 2002 with 107 days. That session also was about raising taxes as the economy had softened significantly because of the terrorist attacks in September 2001. This time, the cause is much different. The Legislature truly is in […]

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Acceptable tax plan challenging to find

The Legislature is back at work after the Memorial Day weekend. Even though it was a wet weekend, Memorial Day is a special day of remembrance. The Legislature is making some progress at this point. The budget details are being refined but tax proposals are slow in coming. As the session gets late, especially as we approach the first of […]

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Session extension far from solutions

The 2015 legislative session grinds on without resolution. At this point, we are beyond the normal 90 days scheduled for session. I am aware that some high-level strategy meetings are going on, but little of that information is shared with legislative members. A tax proposal to increase sales taxes by 0.7 percent was voted on in the House and failed […]

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Budget plan moving slowly forward?

Things are finally starting to move on the budget and tax plans. Although the budget is primarily in a holding pattern, talks about taxes are front and center as the budget shortfall issues are addressed. The Appropriations committees met early in the week, mainly to review what is on the table and to get an update on the current budget […]

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Budget solution still an elusive target

For most of the week, the Legislature was still idling as we waited for the Budget and Tax committees to finally engage the gears and start moving things along. Late in the week, the Tax committee began hearings on a variety of bills to explore different tax options to close the budget/revenue gap. This part of the legislative session typically […]

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Without tax increase more cuts inevitable

Legislators are back in Topeka to begin the wrap-up session for 2015. Wednesday afternoon, the House will reconvene to finish up the big issues, meaning the budget and proposed tax changes. A lot has happened during the nearly month-long break. First and foremost is the consensus revenue estimators met and released their estimates for the remaining months of 2015, and […]

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