Kansas lawmakers will get back to work on big issues today (MON) after making little progress last week. Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning says they'll be squarely focused on Kansas taxes, the budget and school funding.
“The window’s closing, pressure’s on. I’m hoping to see a little bit more movement,” says Denning.
The slow pace is partially because of divisions on how to attack the issues. Democratic Senator Marci Francisco says she'd like to see them tackle school funding before pursuing tax increases.
“I think one of the concerns is the order that we’re trying to address things. It’s really hard to come up with a tax plan if you haven’t been given a dollar figure,” says Francisco.
Some conservatives would like to focus on a more modest tax plan and spending cuts as they work to fill a budget hole.
Stephen Koranda reports: