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Senate leaders await analysis of GOP health bill

Senate leaders await analysis of GOP health bill”

That's because the bill would raise the state sales tax to 7.25 percent starting July 1 but then lower the personal income tax by an average of 15 percent starting January 1, 2018, with another average 5 percent reduction the year after that.

The result is an ongoing stalemate on tax policy that has become the defining feature of Kansas' 2017 session.

"I came in this year, like a lot of you, thinking we could do this without revenue bills by eliminating waste and inefficiency", said Hilbert, a first-year legislator. The revised bill passed earlier this month by a 217-213 margin. "2178, from $450 million to $600 million", Johnson told Bloomberg BNA.

Democrats are the minority party in the Legislature.

While Paddie insisted the amendment would also require students to use the restroom that matches their biological sex, school districts said they didn't believe they would be forced to kick transgender students out of multi-stall facilities that matches their gender identity.

Brownback vetoed H.B. That would be a major problem for the GOP, which nudged the measure through the House by four votes. He declined to provide any timetable for producing even a draft bill to show to rank-and-file Republican senators and gauge their support.

But Taylor said he expected his bill to remain focused on schools.

What I heard-and the real panic that I saw-is a far cry from what President Trump promised this past January when he said, "We're going to have insurance for everybody". But that was before House leaders added extra money and provisions letting states reduce coverage requirements to win votes.

House Democrats have seized upon the possibility of a do-over, with Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the chamber's No. 2 Democrat, openly questioning House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the matter.

The current special session began May 4. Under the bill, the state's tax on liquor would be increased from 8 percent to 10 percent to deliver $15 million to the state treasury. 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.

A new feature of S.B. Instead, it focuses on getting rid of exemptions under the sales tax to increase revenue. It aims to close projected budget shortfalls totaling $887 million over two years and increase aid to public schools after the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate. Some lawmakers say a new school finance formula should also boost education funding by hundreds of millions.

"We really want a solution, we just don't want the solution to be one that has been rejected time and time again", Armstead said.

It's bad enough to push a bill that would take care away from millions who need it. "Nothing. Zero. I am not invested in that bill at all", he said. The Democratic House author of that bill responded, saying he'll kill it when it comes back to the House for approval.

"The largest tragedy here is that this bill was a known failure all along", he said.

Before lawmakers adjourn Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott wants them to pass Senate Bill 5, a new voter ID law.



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