Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

They also said their plan would close the deficit - if a recent increase in oil production holds steady. "But at this moment I'm expecting the tax issue to be the next to move", says Rep. Steven Johnson, the Assaria Republican who chairs the House tax committee.

There really has to be some brainstorming, Baumgardner said.

The CBO report on the Republican health-care bill is expected next week.

The Senate panel did not include a House-passed proposal to let casinos serve liquor until 4 a.m., rather than the current 2 a.m. last call.

Similarly, services for driveways and parking lots would no longer be exempt from the sales tax under the proposed bill.

There are no public signs the Senate and House will find common ground on a Permanent Fund plan.

"By the end of June we'll have a balanced budget on the governor's desk", Spilka pledged.

Lippert said the committee did not have enough time to come up with amendments to the bill and would not have been able to get the bill through the House anyway because Republicans were refusing to allow Democrats to suspend procedural rules. After the exemption phases in over three years, it would amount to $66 million a year in tax cuts, primarily for retired West Virginians.

Democrat Representative Geran Tarr of Anchorage said the senate version of the bill follows the lead of the house in stopping the unsustainable practice of the state paying cash to oil companies for tax credits.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, said he wants to raise $300 million for schools over two years with a surcharge on water, electric and natural gas bills.

By afternoon the pace slowed considerably.

The House also approved a measure to establish protocol for state employee furloughs in the event that a budget isn't produced by the start of the fiscal year, which annually begins on July 1.

The Senate's would raise the state sales tax to 6.95 percent while lowering the personal income tax by an average of 20 percent over two years, with the aim of phasing it out over time.

Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, explained the House had concerns about the version of the bill being considered in the Senate.

Denning said he thinks a new revenue stream specifically earmarked for education is needed because the state general fund "cannot handle the stress of K-12 funding".

The Legislature budgeted for an extra 10 days this year to allow for a 100-day session.

"I'm hopeful that other states - if we don't pass this - will follow our example", Wielechowski said.

However, moderate Republican Sen.

"Nothing in this bill is handling or holding information longer than the state of Alaska now does", MacKinnon said. The measure was sent to the Senate on a vote of 78-42. They include towing, pet boarding and bill-collecting. "As the only state in the country that continues to lose population - raising taxes again and again on our residents - well, I just don't believe that's a prudent course for the future, or a very moral approach for the present".

Several governors and their staff said they have been in regular contact with their senators, and will be pushing for the Senate to use the governors' set of reforms as a framework in writing its bill.

Irene Hoheusle, with Account Recovery Specialists - a collection agency based in Dodge City, Garden City and Wichita - called the bill potentially devastating.

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