House may have to vote again on GOP healthcare bill

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 20, 2017

A bill that would ban guns from some state hospitals was debated and then sent back to committee in the Kansas Senate Tuesday.

The Alaska House of Representatives has rejected changes made by the state senate to a key piece of pending legislation to reform Alaska's system of subsidizing the oil and gas industry with tax credits. The bill went before the full floor, where it was taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time.

The Senate's bill sets the consumer sales tax at 6.95 percent, which includes digital products under the sales tax umbrella.

It's still a long shot, but here's what you should know: The House bill must save $2 billion total - $1 billion each for the two Senate committees responsible for the plan - in order to comply with Senate rules. Secondly, it passed by a mere four votes.

Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio) also seemed less than impressed with the bill. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants.

He tweeted after the vote, "Confused by this story after reading for the past two weeks how the House was protecting the state from tax increases...74-17?" "So we're just basically being overly-cautious, but there's really kind of a non-issue here".

A phase-out of the personal income tax has been backed by Senate Republicans and the governor have supported.

Sen. Mike Azinger, R-Wood, said as it is written the bill would reduce the state's personal income tax by 20 percent, 15 percent after January 1, 2018 and an additional five percent the following year.

Multiple staff members had children previous year, and another baby is expected this fall, she said. "I love the idea of getting rid of the state's income tax".

Many conservative groups - including the Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks - were also left out of the House deliberations.

"There are about 312,000 people in the state that receive Social Security benefits", said Sen.

Irene Hoheusle, with the debt collection company Account Recovery Specialists, Inc., said many of their clients are health care facilities trying to collect debts.

The bill also includes the severance tax tiering portion.

"West Virginia would be treated the same", Boley said.

Members of that group say lowering the sales tax on food is a step in the right direction, even if the lower rate wouldn't take effect until 2020. "People will be more reluctant to vote for a tax plan if they can't justify for their constituents why that money was needed".

"When you do this, I think all Kansans win", Williams said.

Lawmakers had still not received a budget bill from the governor to work on.

Kansas legislative leaders working on a plan to end the 2017 session have what amounts to a chicken-and-egg dilemma.

Franco expressed her concerns about the bill during Tuesday's City Council work session. "And as we hear it today, everybody has a reason that they should keep their exemption", Williams said. "What we have got that may not be flawless but what it does is, it balances the budget".

"Today, we're $200 million short in our budget, and we simply can not grant this tax cut at this time", House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, said in offering the amendment to remove the tiered severance tax rates. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills says she's not ready to say "no" just yet.

Lawmakers are still considering a number of specified bills that will be brought up. They've also talked about boosting cigarette and liquor taxes.

"You vote as you choose", he said. Those 11 total pages delivered 30 or 40 fairly stubborn votes for a politically toxic bill. It now goes to the Senate.

The Democrats' measure was defeated by a vote of 12 members in favor, and 18 against.

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