At The Rail Columns
Syndicated to Kansas newspapers April 24, 2017
The best news that Kansas lawmakers got from the iconic Consensus Revenue Estimate last week is that state revenues for the upcoming two fiscal years aren’t going to drop, but instead increase just enough that the state’s fiscal problems don’t get worse.
So, essentially, not getting worse is a good thing when it comes to the state budget.
Syndicated to Kansas newspapers April 17, 2017
Still two weeks before the Legislature returns to Topeka, so the Statehouse is virtually empty of lawmakers…a few stopping in to check the mail or maybe just hoping to find a lobbyist to take them to lunch.
But this next two weeks are all about what is necessary in the legislative wrap-up session, what is possible, and whether we’ve seen enough sparring to determine who’s going to do it.
That what is necessary, of course, has two components—putting together a budget and putting together a school finance formula that the Kansas Supreme Court has demanded by July 1.
Syndicated to Kansas newspapers April 10, 2017
They’ve gone home for three weeks, and members of the Kansas Legislature are likely to be questioned not only about the budget or Medicaid or taxes, but also about just what they’ve done to the liquor industry, or will be allowed to do by Gov. Sam Brownback.
With most of the 2017 legislative session over, and what most old-timers refer to as the wrap-up or veto session ready to start May 1, one of the few big issues settled so far on the floor of the House and Senate is whether convenience and grocery stores can sell “strong beer” with about double the fire-power (6 percent alcohol) of what is technically a cereal malt beverage or “grocery store beer” that has about 3.2 percent alcohol.