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Former Cherokee County Commissioner Richard Hilderbrand was appointed this week to serve the remainder of Senator Jake LaTurner’s term.
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 3rd

Richard Hilderbrand's views on key budget and tax issues align him with conservatives in the Legislature.​

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, May 2nd

The new tax proposal comes after a previous plan faltered this week.

The Kansas Senate chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, May 2nd

The plan would have raised income taxes and eliminated an income tax exemption for some businesses.

House Minority Leader Jim Ward, left, and House Majority Leader Don Hineman discussed Medicaid expansion during an interview in Topeka. (Photo: Susie Fagan, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 2nd

Lawmakers are facing tough votes on the budget, taxes and school funding and don’t want to complicate the debates by adding Medicaid expansion to the mix.

Representative Steven Johnson speaking during the meeting. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, May 1st

A panel of House and Senate lawmakers has advanced a plan.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, May 1st

Lawmakers hope to hammer out some parts of a tax proposal this week.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, May 1st

Lawmakers have penciled in two weeks for the veto session.

Some lawmakers say there isn’t enough time left in the session to consider a new expansion bill.
Kansas News Service Monday, May 1st

Supporters say expanding the state’s privatized Medicaid program would provide coverage to an additional 180,000 low-income Kansans.

Senator Carolyn McGinn (center) speaking with other lawmakers at a meeting last month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, April 28th

Legislative committees met to do some budget work before the session resumes next week.

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning says he'll propose a monthly fee on utility bills to help fund education. (Photo: Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 28th

Senator Jim Denning's plan calls for a $3 monthly fee on residential utility bills. He estimates the fee would raise $150 million a year for public schools.

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