KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The legislative session winds down in Topeka, however lawmakers have numerous enterprise left on the agenda.
Katie Bernard, the Kansas Metropolis Star’s Topeka Correspondent, and Brad Cooper of the Sunflower State Journal be a part of FOX4’s John Holt and Kansas Metropolis Star Editorial Board member Dave Helling on the most recent episode of “4Star Politics” to speak about it being crunch time.
Whereas lawmakers had been in a position to go a $20 billion finances, it doesn’t comprise any funding for training for the following yr. An training invoice that tied funding to voucher measures barely made it by means of the Home. It then died within the Senate earlier this week.
“The college invoice was going to be fascinating. My sense is true now’s that they’re giving up on the college selection provisions that will provide principally a public subsidy for at-risk youngsters go to non-public faculties. I’m unsure the votes are there, Cooper mentioned.”
Helling mentioned he believed that faculties stay the most important unfinished merchandise that Kansas lawmakers should nonetheless handle. The difficulty will face lawmakers once they return for the veto session.
“I definitely suppose that’s a giant factor, however let’s not neglect there’s a giant tax invoice on the market too that has not been resolved.” Cooper mentioned. “I believe it’s been considerably difficult due to federal tax legislation, which, once they handed the tax invoice I don’t suppose lots of people had been speaking about this little twist that permits companies to not solely take their PPP loans that got out throughout the pandemic, however these are actually tax free loans.”
Cooper estimates that the deductions imply the state will to take an extra hit of someplace between $350 and $370 million.
“I did anyway sense this pressure between the legislature and the Governor to nonetheless be very a lot performed out and possibly the fruits of that can change into extra obvious,” Helling mentioned.
The transgender sports activities invoice was one which prompted some battle, however lawmakers had been additionally in a position to compromise in different areas.
“Hopefully training measures, there have been clear battle between the federal government within the legislature areas that we didn’t see a lot battle, we really thought, you realize, some compromise come up or you realize, within the rejiggering of the administration legislation and the unemployment insurance coverage overhaul invoice, these had been thought to battle and really, you realize, we thought some fairly large compromises,” Bernard mentioned.
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