November 19 2017

DAY 100: Kansas lawmakers prepare to debate tax hikes, school funding

November 19 2017, 07:00 | Rex Rios

The chamber has presented and voted on similar plans over the last several months, and, even with a clear message from the House that Delegates won't support the measure, the upper chamber will likely vote on an nearly identical bill again Wednesday.

"Obviously, this is a special session called for setting the budget, and it's important that we be fully equipped", said Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio. "Still working on building consensus".

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College also would have to absorb a 2 percent state-funding cut in the governor's latest proposal, which was reviewed Wednesday by the House Finance Committee.

"It's a good decision", he said. "It's a school safety bill".

Hall said Justice's newly introduced bill would have essentially increased property tax revenue for public school systems by $80 million but not changed their funding level, thus freeing up $80 million in state general revenue money that's now provided through state revenue sources.

The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature.

House Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill - without waiting for the CBO analysis of last-minute changes - so the Senate could get a quick start on it. His peer on tax issues, Sen. That cleared the Senate on Friday.

"I don't speak for the entire House, but I'd like to hear the reasons why before I say it's something I think is necessary", Paddie said. "But again, we're willing to allow the House to move forward".

The bill raises the consumer sales tax to 7.25 percent and increases the corporate net income tax by 0.5 percent to 7 percent, counsel for the committee said.

Republicans also split over the bill, but their fault line was similar to what occurred in February, when the Legislature passed House Bill 2178, a tax increase bill vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback. In the latest version of HB 107, committee members voted to get rid of the sales tax exemptions that were the hallmarks of the House's bill and replaced them with tax rate increases on the sales tax and corporate net income tax as well as affects an aggregate lower tax rate for the income tax and coal severance tax.The House's original bill did not affect any tax rates, with the exception of the income tax on Social Security and military retirement income.

The two chambers also have been at odds about what to do with oil and gas tax credits.

House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday on a revised plan that would raise $953 million over two years by increasing income taxes, boosting liquor taxes and imposing the state's sales tax on a few services.

"Are these people who have lobbyists up here?" Sen.

"It isn't entirely clear what the effect would be if the House-passed bill failed to meet the instruction", Lorenzen wrote. "They did say, though, that if we voted against this it probably means they would do the rest of their work with the conservatives as much as they could", Ward said.

Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall, who has expressed worry about the bill's capacity to create deficits in coming years, voted for it anyway.

The switch prompted skepticism by the lone Democrat on the House negotiating team.

Christine Grieg is the State House Minority Floor leader. "Has there been any discussion of the impact?"

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