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The Legislature approved a $1.2 billion tax plan then passed a school funding bill that would add nearly $300 million over two years for public education.
Kansas News Service Tuesday, June 6th

Lawmakers worked into the early morning hours to agree on a tax increase to fix the state budget and meet a court mandate on school funding. Governor Sam Brownback responded immediately with a promise to veto the bill.  Brownback said the measure had "many deficiencies" and would hurt the state's economy. 

The Kansas Senate Chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, June 5th

The votes send the bill to the governor for consideration.

Kansas News Service Monday, June 5th

The combination bill would have raised income taxes and funded schools. 

A debate in the Kansas House earlier this session. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, June 5th

Some lawmakers were not keen on combining the two major issues.

Govenor Brownback speaking last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, June 5th

The bill would allow public health care facilities to continue banning guns.

Here's what we know so far.
Associated Press Monday, June 5th

Kansas lawmakers took on two big issues - taxes and school funding - today. It's day 108 of the legislative session. In other news, officials are working on what to do with Osawatomie State Hospital...and a lawsuit against Swiss agribusiness firm Syngenta began in Kansas City, Kansas. Click here for the latest AP headlines. 

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Sunday, June 4th

The plan combines a new system for funding schools with tax increases.

Associated Press Sunday, June 4th

Here's a summary of Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

Photo by Stephen Koranda
Associated Press Saturday, June 3rd

Kansas lawmakers' approval of a measure meant to keep concealed guns out of hospitals shows how much the Republican-controlled Legislature shifted to the left in last year's elections.  State lawmakers this past week bucked the National Rifle Associated by rewriting a 2013 concealed-carry law.

Associated Press Saturday, June 3rd

Here's a summary of the day's news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

Theft of agricultural trade secrets is a growing problem, according to the FBI. (Photo from the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability / Flickr)
Harvest Public Media Friday, June 2nd

Advanced seeds, cutting edge machinery…agriculture today is a high-tech business. But putting billions into researching new products can also bring out the thieves.  In this report from Harvest Public Media, Bryan Thompson explores the growing threat of agricultural espionage, right here, in the Midwest. 

A tax conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers meeting last month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, June 2nd

Legislators are planning to work through the weekend.

Here's what we know so far.
Associated Press Friday, June 2nd

The Kansas Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would keep firearms out of hospitals, but it's still unclear whether Governor Sam Brownback will veto the measure or sign it into law.  Elsewhere, the state collected about $2 million less in revenue than it expected in the month of May.

Kansas News Service Thursday, June 1st

A former official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the American Health Care Act would increase costs for everyone, not just people with pre-existing conditions. 

The Kansas Senate Chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 1st

Health care facilities currently have the option to bar guns, but that will end soon.

Here's what's happening in our area, according to staff and AP wire reports.
Associated Press Thursday, June 1st

Kansas lawmakers are running out of time and money to take care of state business.  Thursday marks the 104th day of the session, which was scheduled to last 100 days.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. (Photo from the University of Kansas)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, May 31st

Lawmakers said she has helped KU advance in several areas.

Senate President Susan Wagle presides over a debate earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, May 31st

The proposal would add around $235 million in funding over two years.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 31st

After 10 hours of debate, the Kansas Senate advanced a school funding bill, adding $234 million in new money to public schools, or... about $50 million less than the House version.

Here's what we know so far.
Associated Press Wednesday, May 31st

Kansas legislators move closer to approving a plan to increase state spending on public schools.  But lawmakers remain divided on boosting income taxes to pay for the school funding plan.  There's also no agreement on how to deal with the state budget deficit.  Today (WED) marks the 103rd day of the legislative session.  


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