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A jolly swagman, camped beside a billabong, as depicted in this painting by Australian artist Estelle O'Brien. The swagman is the main character in the tune Waltzing Matilda, the unofficial Australian national anthem.
John Richard Schrock Tuesday, June 6th

Teachers don't just teach material. They teach students. Commentator John Richard Schrock says, in order to do that, sometimes they just have to push their lessons aside. And thus begins the tale of the jolly swagman, a billabong and a jumbuck.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Tuesday, June 6th

Kansas lawmakers passed a bill to increase income taxes to fix the state budget and meet a court mandate on school funding. Governor Sam Brownback responded immediately by promising to veto the bill. 

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.

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