Kansas Lawmakers gaveled in Monday to officially start the 2016 legislative session. Republican House Speaker Ray Merrick says filling a budget hole is his top priority. Last year was a record-long session focused on tax policy, and Merrick says he does not want a repeat of that.
“There’s a lot of talk out there about a short session. Yes, I’d like to have a short session, but we’re going to be here until we get the job done like the people of Kansas expect us to do,” says Merrick.
Merrick says he’s hoping to focus on spending cuts rather than more taxes to balance the budget. Merrick says he’s also looking forward to the results of an efficiency study of state government. A series of recommendations to save tax money will be released Tuesday.