GOP bills could derail Kelly’s budget plans


State News

February 11, 2019 - 9:50 AM

Republican Senate President Susan Wagle is leading the charge for a tax relief plan that could lock up funds the governor wants for schools and roads.STEPHEN KORANDA / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate are forging ahead with plans to plow millions into tax relief that would largely benefit big business. Some Democrats and more moderate Republicans suspect it’s also a strategy to deprive the governor of the money to fund her priorities.

Carving out chunks of the state savings account now could send lawmakers scrambling to fund schools and other services with the cash that’s left when they’re knitting up the budget later this spring.

“When we get to the end of session, then we are stuck,” Democratic Rep. Cindy Holscher said.

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