Gov. Justice appeals to House members to vote on budget


The governor's special session proclamation would include important bills other than the budget, including the Permanent Fund bill. They reconvened Monday. The cost for the legislative session is $35,000 per day.

Aggressive reductions in personal income taxes and exemption on income taxes granted owners of 330,000 businesses in 2012 have combined with weakness in the Kansas economy to shape a state tax revenue shortfall of $900 million in the next two years. "I think we're going to have to do more".

"Today, we're $200 million short in our budget, and we simply can not grant this tax cut at this time", House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, said in offering the amendment to remove the tiered severance tax rates.

Before the latest changes, the CBO had said the bill would leave 24 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 and slice about $150 billion off the budget deficit.

The governor vetoed a similar bill in February. Four senators were reported absent and did not vote on it.

It's still a long shot, but here's what you should know: The House bill must save $2 billion total - $1 billion each for the two Senate committees responsible for the plan - in order to comply with Senate rules.

The first quirk: The Senate is not allowed to save any less money in its health care bill than the House did. The CBO estimated that the AHCA would cut $839 billion from Medicaid over the next decade.

The plan narrowly passed in the House on May 4, despite clashes between conservative and moderate members of the Republican Party and a lack of review from the CBO.

By afternoon the pace slowed considerably.

By keeping the bill in the House, Republicans are making sure they can have a do-over if the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office comes out with an analysis showing they hadn't reached that target. It's a big enough deal that leaders are holding onto the bill until they see the CBO score.

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Finance Committee members also removed a provision advocated by Senate Republicans to roll back income tax rates by 20 percent that, when fully in effect, would cost the state $380 million a year in lost revenue, and ditched a tiered severance tax rate for coal that would have amounted to $50 million a year in lost tax revenue.

A GOP aide told Business Insider that the House GOP expects the bill to still make the deficit threshold. Dissension among the Republican ranks would have to be virtually insurmountable to deter the majority leader from his quest to bring legislation to the floor, allowing Republicans to say they've fulfilled their Obamacare repeal promises.

Denning said a surcharge would create a stable source of funding for schools. Residential customers would pay $2.25 per month on each bill and commercial customers $10 a month.

"It's a new fee on consumers, some of them are on fixed income, we tried to get it a low as we can", Denning says. 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.

"We are just basically being overly cautious, but there's really kind of a non-issue here".

But Eagle River Republican Sen.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said the Senate is "certainly able to handle more than one issue at a time" but acknowledged news surfacing in rapid succession about Trump makes things harder.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael said those drastic cuts are why the Senate chose to move forward with a tax reform plan that results in even larger revenue numbers in fiscal year 2018, although a fiscal note detailing those revenues has not surfaced in the chamber.

It would raise the sales tax from 6 percent to 6.85 percent, fractionally less than the previous proposal.