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Kansas lawmakers unsure sales tax should be in budget fix

Kansas lawmakers unsure sales tax should be in budget fix

"I am on the whip team and we have a lot of conversations, but we have not had that one".

"Health care discussions are open to the entire caucus - everyone has an opportunity to be at the table as members work to get a consensus to rescue Americans from a health care law that is now in collapse, " a Senate Republican aide said in an interview.

Justice asked legislators to avoid slowing down the phase-out of the personal income tax too much or, in his view, it would negate the benefits.

The Senate panel did not include a House-passed proposal to let casinos serve liquor until 4 a.m., rather than the current 2 a.m. last call.

If it's enacted, ME would join five states and the District of Columbia with laws described by supporters as death with dignity, and by opponents as physician-assisted suicide. Overriding the governor would take a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and House.

The bottom line: Senate Finance Committee members should revisit the bill and the proposed sales tax expansions and ensure that the measure helps create a state tax system that works for all North Carolinians - not one that further favors those at the top.

Boley also likes the idea of eventually eliminating the state income tax.

"We all need to work together here", Justice said.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance, which will produce its own school finance formula. She said she is looking forward to an ongoing state audit that will examine tax exemptions, credits and abatements.

"Utility rates are high enough", said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat. The more restrictive Senate plan would also limit the assessment to two years and exclude some nonprofit organizations and companies that employ mostly part-time workers.

By afternoon the pace slowed considerably.

Boley said there has been talk that if they pass it again during this special session, the House would send it to a committee for consideration. It also adds new sales taxes to economic sectors such as telecommunications, communications, electronic data processing, health and fitness services and primary opinion research. On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that if the Congressional Budget Office score necessitates alterations to the bill, the AHCA may return to the House for a vote. Dissension among the Republican ranks would have to be virtually insurmountable to deter McConnell from his quest to bring legislation to the floor, allowing Republicans to say they've fulfilled their Affordable Care Act repeal promises.

To get this moving, Denning attempted to resurrect his proposal to tack a surcharge onto Kansas utility bills to generate the money needed to fund a school finance plan. Residential customers would pay $2.25 per month on each bill and commercial customers $10 a month.

The bill would raise about $110 million over two years.

"We are trying to protect employees' rights, in the event of a shutdown", said Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, noting that existing law has no mechanism for state employees to keep their jobs in the event of a government shutdown.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley says the surcharge idea is a non-starter with his members. Charles Clements all voted for the bill, while Sen.

Haase Kim said that if she has to lay off workers she will lose the ability to scale her business, which will cost her new clients.

The Senate's bill sets the consumer sales tax at 6.95 percent, which includes digital products under the sales tax umbrella.


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