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New Kansas laws: Higher taxes, less gun regulation

Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday. The state increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a deficit in the $15.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that also began July 1. A summary of the new laws is as follows:

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Kansas officials want school funding ruling put on hold

Kansas’ attorney general on Monday asked the state’s highest court to put on hold a lower court’s decision ordering roughly $50 million more in aid to public school districts this week. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in his request to the Kansas Supreme Court that the district court’s decision to invalidate parts of an education funding law enacted this year was “unprecedented.”

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