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Even After Tax Hikes, Kansas Budget ‘Fix’ Remains Elusive

After wrestling to balance the budget for years, Kansas lawmakers bit the bullet this spring and agreed to undo many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature 2012 tax cuts. The question now is whether they have done enough to fix the state budget, as many promised to do in the 2016 campaign. Lawmakers will get a better idea of the state’s financial situation later this week when the consensus revenue estimating group determines whether revenues are tracking with projections. Kansas lawmakers...

Duration: 00:04:33

Making Money Appear: After Veto, What's Next For Disabled Care In Missouri?

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens vetoed six bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year, and this week the legislators had their annual chance to override those vetoes and get their way anyway. In the end, the number of vetoes they overrode was ... zero. But one of those sustained vetos—of funding for in-home and nursing care for 8,000 disabled Missourians—left lawmakers still searching for a way to pay for care that everyone seems to agree is needed. House and Senate leaders tasked...

Duration: 00:18:51

Selection Committee Picks Edgemoor To Build New Single-Terminal KCI

After weeks of deliberation, Kansas City officials have recommended Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate to design, build and finance a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

Duration: 00:03:55

What Happened To Funding For Senior And Disabled Missourians?

Why are thousands of Missourians losing state funding for nursing home or in-home health care this week? On this episode, we discuss how that funding was salvaged—and then lost again. And one legislator shares her ideas for how to get it back. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Guests: Rep. Deb Lavender , D-Kirkwood , Missouri General Assembly Jason...

Duration: 00:18:16

At The Kansas Governor's Mansion, Confusion Lingers Over Concealed Carry

After four years of planning for concealed carry in Kansas government buildings, you might expect that officials would have the wrinkles ironed out -- that they would have considered all the possibilities. But there is still confusion, and it starts at Cedar Crest, the stately governor’s mansion on the west side of Topeka.

Duration: 00:05:31

Kansas City Is Voting On Multiple Streetcar Issues — Whatever Happens, Brace For A Fight

In the coming days, Kansas City will find out whether a small group of voters approved a special taxing district for a southern streetcar extension. Right now, the streetcar starts at the City Market and runs about two miles south. Whether the streetcar goes any farther, in part, lies in the hands of 5,752 Kansas City residents.

Duration: 00:04:55

Brownback Reflects On Legacy In Kansas, Sees Urgent Work Ahead As Religious Ambassador

Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday touted his credentials and passion for helping the Trump administration mitigate religious persecution around the globe. The prospective ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom said he does not know how long it might take for the U.S. Senate to consider his nomination by President Donald Trump, and he hasn’t yet decided when to turn over the reins to his lieutenant governor, Jeff Colyer. In a 35-minute Statehouse news conference, Brownback...

Duration: 00:04:25

Missouri's Abortion Debate And The Special Session

The Missouri Senate is scheduled to debate a bill this week that would add new regulations for clinics providing abortions. Its supporters, including Gov. Eric Greitens, say these will protect the health and safety of Missouri women, but abortion rights advocates say the legislation is designed to deny access to safe and legal abortion. We talk with both sides about this bill and how the abortion debate plays out in Missouri, year after year. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and...

Duration: 00:38:03

Farmers Unfazed By End Of Kansas Income Tax Exemption

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s prized income tax exemption for businesses is gone. Over the governor’s veto , in June lawmakers raised income tax rates and repealed the exemption that had benefited roughly 330,000 business owners, including about 53,000 farmers. Farmers and other small business owners who’ve had a tax break for the past four years will now have to pay taxes on their non-wage income, including profits from farming. In his veto message , Brownback predicted the reversal of his...

Duration: 00:04:09

Extra Shot: Greitens Cuts Higher Education Funding, Tax Credits For Seniors

Governor Eric Greitens had a busy afternoon last Friday, June 30. He signed a major change to employment law, making it much harder for a fired employee to prove a discrimination case. He vetoed a bipartisan compromise that would have preserved a tax credit for low-income seniors and disabled people. And he signed the state budget—while also withholding more than $250 million in spending. Host Brian Ellison talks with KCUR's Kyle Palmer to catch you up on the political news of the weekend...

Duration: 00:05:55

Kansans With Disabilities Fearful Of Obamacare Replacement Bill

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. June 27. Disability rights advocates are among the strongest opponents of the Obamacare replacement legislation that Republicans are attempting to push through Congress. If anything resembling the bill that the U.S. House approved in May or the one the Senate is considering passes, they say it will roll back decades of progress. Both bills propose Medicaid cuts approaching $1 trillion over 10 years. Cuts of that magnitude, they say, would...

Duration: 00:04:24

A Not-So-Extraordinary Session

Back in February, St. Louis passed a law that some say placed too many restrictions on anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. In April, a federal judge struck down many of Missouri's restrictive regulations on abortion clinics. And last week, Gov. Eric Greitens called lawmakers back for an "extraordinary session" to pass a bill in response to all of that. But these two lawmakers think the session, and the reasons for it, aren't so extraordinary. We consider the legislation approved by the...

Duration: 00:31:32

How The New Women's Caucus Helped Shape A Tax Compromise

For awhile, it seemed as though it would be a long time before Kansas lawmakers came up with a tax plan that could pass. Just when it seemed the impass was at it's worst, The Women's Caucus stepped up with a plan that led to a compromise. Guests: Stephanie Clayton , R-Overland Park, Kansas House of Representatives Cindy Holscher , D-Olathe, Kansas House of Representatives Monica Murnan , D-Pittsburg, Kansas House of Representatives Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Kansas, and stay up to date...

Duration: 00:24:22

Kansas Lawmakers Raise Taxes And Spending Before Ending Session

It took 113 days instead of the scheduled 100, but Kansas lawmakers finally ended their 2017 session Saturday. Their final act was to approve a two-year budget plan that supporters say will start the process of repairing damage done by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts. But the session’s climatic moment occurred a week earlier when lawmakers overrode Brownback’s veto of a bill that largely reversed those cuts. A group of moderate Republicans and Democrats elected since the passage...

Duration: 00:04:39

On 113th Day, Kansas Legislative Session 2017 Is A Wrap!

With school finance, taxes, and a budget passed, the Kansas Legislature adjourned. Just after the final yays, nays, and hurrahs, podcast host Sam Zeff hopped into the Topeka studio with Kansas News Service reporters Celia Llopis-Jepsen and Jim McLean for a quick take on the legislative session that was.

Duration: 00:17:08

The Era Of Brownback's Tax Cuts Comes To An End

Conservative Republicans have joined with moderates and Democrats to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a $1.2 billion tax increase. This brings to a close many of the tax cuts pushed by the Brownback in 2012. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Kansas, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Kansas Legislature: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPR One app .

Duration: 00:04:28

A Tax Plan Passes And A Veto Is Promised

Kansas lawmakers have gotten down to business, passing a school funding bill that adds nearly $300 million over two years for public education and a $1.2 billion tax plan. But just minutes after the vote, Gov . Sam Brownback said he would veto the package. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Kansas, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Kansas Legislature: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPR One app .

Duration: 00:10:34

Exit Interview: Kansas City Rep. Randy Dunn

One Missouri lawmaker who won't be back for any special sessions this summer is Kansas City's Randy Dunn; the representative resigned last week to begin a new job in Omaha. Dunn was a triple minority in the Missouri General Assembly: A Democrat, a person of color and an openly gay man. He joined us for an exit interview to give us an unvarnished look at the way things work in Jefferson City. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri...

Duration: 00:22:40

The Democratic Perspective In The Kansas House

On this episode, we get the democratic perspective on a school funding formula that passed in the Kansas House last week. And, we look ahead to what tax package might emerge in the coming week. Guests: Brett Parker , D-Overland Park, Kansas House of Representatives Jarrod Ousley , D-Merriam, Kansas House of Representatives

Duration: 00:29:41

Are Communities Of Color Being Heard In Missouri's Capitol?

At the end of the 2017 legislative session, we took the podcast on the road to ask an important question: are Kansas City's communities of color being heard in Jefferson City? This podcast was recorded live at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Guests: Rep. Gail McCann Beatty , D-Kansas City,...

Duration: 00:47:43

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