Tax And School Funding “mega-bill” To Be Debated In Topeka


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The Kansas House of Representatives is expected to debate what is being called a mega-bill today which ties sweeping tax reforms and higher funding for public schools into a single yes or no vote.

The latest attempt at sealing elusive deals on income tax and school finance emerged Sunday afternoon following three days of stop-and-go negotiations between the legislature’s two chambers, which each have passed their own versions of a K-12 funding bill.

Lawmakers will vote simultaneously on whether to increase state aid for schools by about $280 million while also doing away with some of Gov. Brownback’s signature tax policies approved by the legislature in 2012.

Any school finance or tax deal, or combination thereof, will need two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate should the governor choose to block it. Brownback vetoed a bill in February to roll back tax cuts, and an override attempt fell three votes short in the Senate.

After agreeing on Sunday to roll tax reforms into the school finance bill, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said that the proposal, which came from House leadership, aims to make the package less susceptible to the governor’s opposition.

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Derek Nester
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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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