Both chambers still have a sizeable bloc of moderate Republicans, and Kelly will need their votes to pass major initiatives opposed by conservatives and an annual state budget that funds her priorities. Kansas Gov. But 30 of 125 House members were not serving last year, and four of the 40 senators are new.
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GOP leaders appear determined to quickly restore state tax deductions that some Kansans can no longer claim because of the federal changes.
It highlights things that she believes her election shows that voters also want. Kelly has vowed to fight the decoupling of federal and state tax deductions, but we are not backing down. The incompetence and lack of transparency we witnessed … put a spotlight on this reprehensible crisis. Always look for ways to save.
The sharpness of those differences is evident when comparing the State of the State speech that Kelly delivered to lawmakers Wednesday to the Republican response given by Senate President Susan Wagle. We are going to properly fund our schools this year.
That seemingly was a dig at predecessors Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer. Republican legislative leaders are more interested in cutting income taxes. Kansas swore a new governor into office on Monday and saw the end of eight years of Republicans in the office.
Kelly was a veteran state senator from Topeka and has established relationships with some lawmakers. Welcome to the new LJWorld. It stops now. And always make sure our children come first.
Jim McLean: If GOP lawmakers are fully united on an issue, they can pass legislation and override a Kelly veto.