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Legislature goes back to the drawing board after latest budget proposal rejected in the House…and other headlines: May 23, 2017

andy lambertMay 23, 2017
The Kansas House rejects a proposal that would have raised income taxes to fix the state budget and provide more money for public schools. The vote went 68-53 against a bill that would have raised $1.2 billion over two years. House and Senate negotiators will have to draft a new plan.
Records show that the stepmother of a Wyandotte County boy whose father killed him and fed his remains to the family’s pigs talked in a private Facebook group about restraining the child with handcuffs, ace bandages and splints. A search warrant shows that woman also made a reference to having her stepson “look at flowers,” a reference to a TV show in which a child was killed.
A major bridge repair project starts in Thomas County, where crews will patch pavement, replace railining and resurface the deck of US-83 over I-70 at Oakley. The bridge will be down to one lane, with work expected to continue until the end of November.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’ll declare within two months whether he’ll run for governor. He says he turned down a position in the Trump administration in order to stay in Kansas, and is looking at the race “very seriously.” Kobach has already said he’s not going to run for Congress or Kansas attorney general.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt asks police in KCK for more investigative material surrounding the death of a boy last year on a water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park. Schmidt says his office is still reviewing the case and he’s not sure when the case will be wrapped up.

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