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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 @ 1:59PM

House passes budget, adjourns 2016 session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2016 House passes budget, adjourns 2016 session TOPEKA–The House adjourned the 2016 session Monday after passing a final budget, completing the shortest session in 42 years. “This session has witnessed important progress in making government more transparent and accessible to everyday Kansans,” said House Speaker…

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Friday, November 6th, 2015 @ 4:38PM

Updated revenue numbers to provide more budget predictability

TOPEKA–Newly revised consensus revenue estimates position the legislature to operate with more realistic budget numbers for the 2016 session, House Leaders said Friday. Revenue predictions revised from April estimates by the Consensus Revenue Estimating (CRE) group indicate that Kansas will take in $159 million less than predicted for the rest…

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 5:23PM

Representatives respond to Westar production consolidation

TOPEKA—House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) and House Energy & Environment Chair Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita) issued the following statements after Westar Energy announced it will shut down portions of power plants in Lawrence, Tecumseh and Hutchinson later this year. House Speaker Ray Merrick “The Obama administration has placed Westar in…

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Monday, October 5th, 2015 @ 5:26PM

State finalizes efficiency study contract with Alvarez & Marsal

TOPEKA—Work will begin Tuesday on a governmental efficiency study after the state reached an agreement with global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) last week to identify potential cost savings and service delivery improvements. The newly signed contract with A&M includes three main objectives. The first is a comprehensive…

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 @ 5:49PM

Speaker Merrick announces appointments to interim committees

TOPEKA—House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) on Tuesday announced appointments to two interim committees studying education finance and tax exemptions. The Quality Education Interim Committee will work on crafting recommendations to the 2016 legislature regarding the construction of a new system for financing K-12 education. Meanwhile, the Special Committee on Taxation…

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Friday, September 4th, 2015 @ 2:27PM

Legislative Audit reveals invalid KPERS payments

TOPEKA–A legislative audit released Friday showed erroneous benefits accumulated by Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) beneficiaries, who earned service credits while they were not employed by the state. Specifically, the audit, which was conducted by the Legislative Division of the Post Audit, found that out of a random sample…

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