The following statement comes from House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence, as the Kansas House reaches First Adjournment:

"We have a Republican governor and significant Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. It is inexcusable that we have yet to pass a budget after 73 days in session, especially while we sit on a $500 million state surplus. Kansans had three expectations of the Legislature this year: to create jobs that strengthen the middle class, to restore the public school cuts that have devastated local communities, and to reform taxes in a way that is fair and fiscally responsible. So far, this Republican Legislature has failed on all counts. We're heading back to our constituents after 12 weeks in the Capitol with absolutely nothing to show for it."


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