Category: Capitol Ideas

State budget and formula for school funding loom large

by Rep. Don Schroeder Ka•sas House of Represe•tatives As we begin this week of the legislative session, the reality is that most committee work will end on Friday. After that, the planner says “on floor all day” for next week. Then, the first week of April is reserved for conference committees to meet and vote on those reports with first […]

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Big challenges ahead in last half of session

Many issues remain unresolved as we move beyond the mid-point of the legislative session. Remaining issues are the 2017 budget as well as the 2018 and 2019 budgets, school funding formulas, and determining the amount of funding required for the budget. It seems that absolutely everything revolves around whether there is available funding this year. The Senate took up the […]

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Court decision on schools raises the stakes

As we return to legislative session this week, the main topic of discussion is the release of the Supreme Court decision on schools. The decision does not put specific numbers on how much the Legislature needs to spend on public K-12 education, but rather spells out that more needs to be spent to improve the education and test scores, especially […]

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Legislature may need extended session

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The Legislature is near the halfway point on the calendar, but that does not mean the work is half done. As we move past turnaround, the pace picks up. We still need to get the 2018 and 2019 budgets finished and many Senate bills and conference reports voted on after turnaround. We […]

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Committees pick up pace for turnaround

As we approach turnaround next week, committees are going into overdrive to get bills out to the House and Senate floors. An extremely full week of committee hearings occurred to meet the deadlines set in the Legislative calendar. To begin the week, the Appropriations Committee worked and passed the Public Municipal Investment Board (PMIB), also known as the unclaimed property […]

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Statehouse mood less optimistic now

Kansas House of Representatives The mood around the Statehouse is not as optimistic as it was at the beginning of the session, but legislators are still anticipating some good work during this time. Committees continue to meet regularly and are watching the calendar to make sure they finish their work on time. Many keep asking about the plan to balance […]

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Legislature searching budget revenue

Kansas House of Representatives Despite the quick start to the 2017 legislative session, things seem to be settling in and slowing down. Not that unusual as it takes time to fit many puzzle pieces together. In other words, it becomes something of a waiting game to see what comes first. A couple of items of interest have recently occurred. Yesterday, […]

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Ideas surfacing to fix 2017 budget shortfall

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The tone here in Topeka remains optimistic as we move deeper into the 2017 session. However, the reality of the job ahead is settling in as seasoned and new members of the Legislature are grappling with the job of fixing the large current year budget imbalance and look ahead to the 2018 […]

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Bills now rolling in for consideration

On Week 2 of the 2017 Kansas Legislative session, several issues began rolling through. First was the House and Senate passing the change in voter laws that aligned state law with federal law. This is needed by the possible appointment of Congressman Mike Pompeo (Wichita) as the CIA director for President Trump. Work has also begun in earnest on taxation, […]

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Balancing the budget a looming challenge

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The 2017 Kansas Legis­la­tive session is underway. All House and Senate members have been sworn into office and the respective House and Senate leadership positions were selected over a month ago. In the House, the speaker is Rep. Ryckman (Olathe) and the majority leader is Rep. Hineman (Dighton). The House minority leader […]

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