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PSN on May 31, 2007 - 7:40am
Kansas' legislative session was dominated by cutting taxes on business and a few new investments in education around the state.
For businesses, the session was a profitable one:
- The franchise fee paid by businesses to operate in the state was eliminated, a $135 million loss in revenue for the state over the next five years.
- Unemployment taxes paid by businesses were cut by $176 million over two years.
Low-income workers did benefit from a $46 million expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit over the next five years.
Some money was put into increased investments around the state, including $122.7 million for schools as part of a multi-year school finance plan.
On health care, while the state passed a few small reforms to help small businesses pool employees to get health insurance discounts and a few increased subsidies for poor families, most discussion on health care was punted to 2008, with the Kansas Health Policy Authority directed to develop a plan for providing all Kansans with health insurance. A more specific proposal to insure every Kansas child up to the age of 5 failed.
Thankfully, the Governor vetoed an invasive law that would have forced abortion providers to report information to the state about any woman having a late-term abortion, a threat to privacy that the governor thought unacceptable.