Kansas Legislature Back In Business Today

Gov. Sam Brownback kicked off the Kansas legislative session by drawing lines in the sand on taxes, spending and Medicaid expansion, and he has defended those positions with his veto power.

The question when lawmakers return to Topeka today is whether those vetoes will hold up.

Some legislators have broken ranks with the governor on the budget and taxes, Medicaid expansion and school funding. The overall budget will be the largest point of concern which will include additional spending for K-12 education and the means to fill hundreds of millions of dollars in projected shortfalls through June of 2019.

Prior to the beginning of this year’s session in January, the legislature budgeted for an additional 10 days of funded time in the legislature this session Time will tell if those days, or more, will be needed.