Category: Capitol Ideas

Medicare increases are a budget burden

The 2016 legislative session convened with several issues to resolve before we can see final adjournment. The wrap-up was short, with the goal to adjourn before any additional court decisions come forward. By this time in the session, we mostly vote on non-controversial conference committee reports. However, we also vote on a budget and some of the conference reports were […]

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Legislature reaches first adjournment

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The end of this week brings us to first adjournment. The Legislature has first adjournment scheduled for Friday. We finished today, Thursday. Nearly all committee meetings, except for Tax and Appropriations, are finished. Mainly the conference committees are meeting to work out differences between the Senate and House positions. On Monday, we […]

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No action may be a good thing in Topeka

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives While the calendar is moving by quickly, the number of bills being worked is still on the low side. Some may think that is a bad thing, but remember that no action means things stay as they are with no change?which may be a good thing. Several issues are beginning to come […]

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State unclear about equity for schools

This is the first full week after turnaround. Some committees have begun to seriously look at Senate bills and some committees are finished, or nearly finished with their work for the session. Most of the budget subcommittees are finished and may not meet again this session. I understand the Educa?tion budget committee chair has introduced a bill in Appropriations committee […]

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Response to court ruling is unknown

First, living in Hesston this past week has been anything but dull. Physical and emotional scars will take some time to heal, but the community is strong and will work through the challenges. Having this type of tragedy in the community will make us stronger and will increase the faith in God to repair the brokenness. Wednesday we returned from […]

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Turnaround day will limit additional bills

Both the House and Senate finished debating bills before turnaround day, which was Tuesday. From this point on in the House, only Senate bills, or blessed bills, will be able to see action in the coming week in House committees. A brief explanation again as to what that means. Only Senate bills will be worked in the House, but the […]

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Budget bills calling for additional cuts

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives With the budget process beginning, both the House and Senate have passed budget bills. Negotiations with the Senate were finalized Mon?day evening and the first part of the budget is finished and ready for another vote in the House first and then the Senate. This part used to be called the mega […]

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House passes budget proposal Thursday

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives This week must be budget week as the House Appropri?ations Committee late last week passed a budget proposal for full House consideration. The full House took up floor debate Wednesday and passed the House version Thursday. As always, there are some good and some not so good things. Extra funding was provided […]

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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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