GOP Leaders Eye Final Push On Budget, Taxes

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Kansas legislators return from a long weekend determined to push through tax legislation, new restrictions on abortion, gun-rights legislation, the bulk of the next state budget and every other bill of any significance in just five days.

Republicans leaders have pledged that lawmakers will finish almost all of the year’s work by Friday, breaking with their standard practice over the past quarter-century, to shorten their annual session. But to make good on the pledge, some tricky and contentious issues will have to be resolved quickly.

The biggest piece of the puzzle is how to resolve differences on taxes and whether a 2010 sales tax increase is allowed to expire in July as scheduled or remains in place to shore up the state’s $14 billion budget for 2014.

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