Budget discussion screeches to halt in Senate

Plans by Senate Republicans to advance a budget for the rest of this fiscal year are on hold.

 

Republicans had planned to debate -- and possibly pass -- a budget with major changes for fiscal 2017, which ends in June. Among the options were a 5-percent cut to K-12 education and a 3-percent cut to higher education, reinstating taxes on limited liability corporations and so-called pass-through companies and increases in personal income tax rates.

 

Senate Vice President and 17th District Senator Jeff Longbine of Emporia has told the Topeka Capitol-Journal support for the plan began falling apart Wednesday, and it soon became clear there wouldn't be enough votes -- either for increased taxes or cuts.

 

At this time, future discussions have not been scheduled. The state faces a nearly $320 million shortfall through June and a better than $580  million shortfall in the following 12 months.

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