|The first two weeks of this legislative session have been very busy and has seemed to go pretty fast. After being sworn into office for the next two year term, we immediately started having committee meetings. The fast start to the new session was an indication of the desire to start diving into the problems that we need to solve this year.
The new leadership in the House has so far displayed a desire to include all factions of the legislative body. The problems that need to be solved require bi-partisan support and understanding to get bills passed.
On the second day of session, we heard the governor’s State of the State address. He continued down the same road in his belief that our economy was good and that there was no need to revisit the 2012 income tax bill. It was evident that a majority of the legislators present were not in agreement with him. The only taxes he proposed raising were the SIN taxes. He proposed a $1.00 per pack increase on a pack of cigarettes and double the tax on all alcohol. I personally don’t think there is enough SIN in Kansas to bail us out of this horrid budget problem. On a brighter side, he did ask the legislature to get the new school funding formula designed and implemented. Work has already started in the Education Budget committee on this project.