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Friday, April 23, 2021

Kansas Legislature Recesses For “Spring Break” Until May 1

Kansas legislators hit adjournment Friday for their “spring break” with some big tasks left for their wrap-up session beginning May 1.

Priorities include taxation and budget plans, which will largely be influenced by the amount of school funding legislators decide to add in-light of the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling last month. In other orders of business, Medicaid expansion supporters are regrouping after the governor’s veto and are holding out hope for another chance at a vote on an amended bill this session.

Lawmakers have made progress on balancing the current budget for the fiscal year which ends in June, but solutions for the coming years have seen little progress. Revenue shortfalls are projected to total more than $1 billion over the next two fiscal years.

Republican Senate President Susan Wagle said the slow progress was expected.

In February, the House and Senate did advance a tax increase bill, but Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed the plan. Lawmakers didn’t have the votes to stage a successful override of the veto. The same occurred with Medicaid expansion in the past couple of weeks where the two chambers of the legislature were short a combined total of five votes for a veto-override.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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