LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Kansas House Members Block Tax Debate

House Speaker Ray Merrick talks with staff members after debate on the bill was blocked. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The Kansas House had been planning to debate a tax bill Thursday, but dissatisfied members of the chamber were able to stop the debate before it even started. The bill failed to get the two-thirds vote needed to be brought up for debate. It appears conservative Republicans and a small number of Democrats were able to block the discussion.

House Republican Majority Leader Jene Vickrey (VICK-ree) says the bill will be back on the agenda Friday.

“It’s not easy for us as a majority party to find the will to add to the burden of the taxpayers, that’s who we work for. We’re very cognizant of that. We will keep working,” says Vickrey.

Some conservatives were worried that they wouldn’t have much say in the debate if it took place Thursday. It appears they’ll be able to play a bigger role in crafting a plan during debate Friday.

Lawmakers believe they have around half of the $800 million shortfall filled, but they’re still working to eliminate the remaining $400 million deficit.


Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)