Time dwindling for major successes on GOP legislative agenda


Folk criticized the latest proposal, which he said would set the sales tax at 6.35 percent and apply it to work done on people's homes that cost more than $15,000.

Delegate Michael Folk, a Martinsburg Republican, said the leadership in the House, Senate and governor's office all seem to be able to do one thing, raise taxes. The Senate Finance Committee held dozens of hearings and there were scores of hours of negotiations with Republicans that ultimately were unsuccessful.

Senate Republicans ultimately will own the health care bill, and with midterm elections next year, the GOP could experience significant losses if their bill is a stinker.

"As we finalize the budget, Senate Republicans will remain focused on improving outcomes in public education, providing generous tax cuts to the middle class and job-creating businesses, and saving for the future - and we encourage him to join us".

Republicans are anxious about more town hall backlash over the August recess over health care.

"I think it's something that's worth trying", she said.

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In the Senate, Republicans' slim 52-48 majority gives them little room for error on health care and taxes, issues where they are using complicated procedural rules to move ahead with simple majorities and no Democratic support. "We're not there yet", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. The California Nurses Association, the main sponsors of the legislation, funded an 84-page report by academics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst that offers suggested taxes. No tax relief is offered for the middle class in the Republican bill. Brownback vetoed in February a tax bill, and registered an objection to retroactivity at that time.

Both the House and Senate are majority-Republican chambers. Kansas hits taxpayers with a 2.7 percent income tax rate if making less than $30,000, with all other taxpayers paying 4.6 percent. "Has something changed?" said Rep. Leo Delperdang, R-Wichita. Cooper said his administration plans to be part of those discussions, and he urged the public to put pressure on lawmakers to adopt a final budget that is more progressive than either of the legislature's current proposals.

"Our first obligation is to get a bill across the floor of the House".

Yet there may be few prospects for major accomplishments. John Cornyn, U.S. Reps.

"The bill grandfathers in anyone who is in there now", Mooney said.

Back in March, the Senate failed after a 90-minute debate to extend the budget deadlines for municipalities. But having a vote - even if it fails - could provide some closure on the issue and allow the GOP-controlled Congress to move onto other issues like government spending, the debt ceiling and more.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accompanied by Sen.

The deal would earmark all the state's individual income tax receipts for appropriations to K-12 school districts. Mark Warner of Virginia said on CNN. The rest of state government would be funded from other revenue sources.

A ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court finding the state's existing approach to be unconstitutional led the Legislature to work on that complex piece of legislation.

Such duplicity! People with pre-existing conditions can not be denied coverage outright but, as the Congressional Budget Office just reported, many of them would face huge increases in the cost.

The bill now returns to the Senate, which approved its own plan last month.

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