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Kansas lawmakers facing $400 million budget gap after revenue projections sink again

Kansas lawmakers may have to come up with $400 million more in tax increases or budget cuts to balance the 2016 budget after revenue forecasts on Monday revealed a deepening budget hole. Fiscal analysts reduced the state’s revenue estimates by about $200 million Monday for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Dave Helling: It’s time to break lawmakers’ ‘cycle of dependency’

Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed a bill to restrict welfare benefits in Kansas, yet he’s lived almost entirely on the taxpayer’s dime for three decades as a congressman, a U.S. senator and the state’s chief executive. Meanwhile, Missouri lawmakers want to cap welfare eligibility at 45 months in their state. Perhaps it’s time to limit how long they can receive government checks.

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Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gifts and cooling-off period

The Missouri House signed off on ethics legislation that would cap lobbyist gifts at $25 apiece and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office. Those two provisions differ from the version passed by the Missouri Senate earlier this year, meaning differences would have to be worked out before it could be sent to the governor.

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