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Kansas Lawmakers Get Back To Work After Little Progress Last Week

Stephen Koranda
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Kansas lawmakers will get back to work on big issues Monday after making little progress last week.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning says they'll be squarely focused on Kansas taxes, the budget and school funding.

“The window’s closing, pressure’s on," Denning says. "I’m hoping to see a little bit more movement."

The slow pace is partially because of divisions on how to attack the issues. Democratic Sen. Marci Francisco says she'd like to see them tackle school funding before pursuing tax increases.

“I think one of the concerns is the order that we’re trying to address things. It’s really hard to come up with a tax plan if you haven’t been given a dollar figure,” she says.

Some conservatives would like to focus on a more modest tax plan and spending cuts as they work to fill a budget hole.