Archive for Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Legislature settles on $302 million tax cut

April 3, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(KC Star) Accord reached on tax cuts: House and Senate negotiators agreed Monday on $302 million in tax cuts over the next five years. They also agreed to separate two Johnson County sales tax measures and let the House vote on each one. They have already passed the Senate. Votes on all those bills are expected today before the Legislature's scheduled adjournment, which is expected tonight. Lawmakers will return April 25 for what they hope will be a three- or four-day veto session.

(LJW) 2 percent state employee payraise proposed: State workers would get a 2 percent pay raise and $860 bonus under a compromise hammered out by House and Senate budget-writers Monday.

(LJW) Repair bill deferred again: Deferred maintenance at Kansas Board of Regents universities likely will be deferred again.

(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Legislature approves health care assistance: The House and Senate on Monday each approved separate bills aimed at creating a premium assistance program that officials said in its first year of operation would extend health insurance to an additional 8,500 low-income adult Kansans.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Payments for KPERS: A House-Senate conference committee Monday agreed to set aside $7.2 million in one-time payments to Kansas public employee retirees.

(Harris News Service) Change in gambling bill could be costly: A proposal to remove Sumner County from the areas eligible for a new destination casino could cost six south-central counties gaming revenues, a House member from the county contends.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Lawsuit being prepared to challenge gambling bill: Attorneys for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation are preparing a lawsuit against the state to stop its plans for casino-hotel complexes in Ford County, Wyandotte County, either Cherokee or Crawford counties and either Sedgwick or Sumner counties, a tribe official said Monday.

(LJW) KUMC affiliation holds up budget: After 22 rounds of talks stretched over days of meetings, House and Senate negotiators failed Monday to sign off on a budget because of the proposed affiliation between the Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital.

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