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Brownback to Kansas Legislature: Shut it down

Updated: 2013-05-23T14:31:01Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has seen enough.

In a terse, four-sentence news release Wednesday, the governor demanded that lawmakers end the 2013 session.

“The Kansas Legislature has accomplished a great deal of work during the 2013 session,” he said.

“We have set the stage for economic growth in our state and are on the path to lowering the tax burden on all Kansans. Tomorrow is the 90th day. It is time to wrap-up the session.”

Journalists tend to start focusing on days in session once the count reaches 90. Some legislative leaders had boasted early in the session that they could wrap things up in 80 days.

The thinking: All the leaders are of the same conservative political stripe, so what could possibly go wrong?

But on Wednesday, lawmakers don’t sound ready to listen to Brownback as they continued to disagree about tax and budget issues.

Things could get complicated. Some key legislative players have vacation plans and won’t be around in the days to come.

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