Budget bills on way to House

Lauren Perry
May 25, 2017

"Winding down the session is going to take realization in the House and Senate there will be a compromise, and nobody's going to like it".

Both local senators - Karnes and Greg Boso, R-Nicholas - support the massive sales tax hike, but credit goes to Bill Hamilton and his fellow representatives in the House of Delegates, who have refused get on board with the same "tax reform" plan that has already been tried in states like Kansas, with devastating results.

House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday on a revised plan that would raise $953 million over two years by increasing income taxes, boosting liquor taxes and imposing the state's sales tax on a few services.

The author of the House Bill 21 rejected the changes made to it in the Senate, saying they don't go far enough.

An earlier bill dealing with civil actions involving child abuse would have changed state law so that anyone bringing a lawsuit and losing would have had to pay the other side's legal costs.

It advanced, despite opposition from all 12 Senate Democrats, along with Sen.

"We're going to gamble that we're going to grow our economy, have these additional resources, and not have a national recession", said Sen. The vote came on the fifth anniversary of the tax cuts being signed into law. It's designed to create an environment of respect for law enforcement, and to prevent future acts of violence against them - especially following a sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers last summer. "Rarely has West Virginia had this opportunity in the midst of a bad crisis; we don't want to lose this moment". However, he said he has trouble with the tax increases being floated right now.

"I just think its a prerogative of Congress to make those decisions in consultation with the president", said the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn, according to The Hill.

At one point, Karnes drew gasps when he suggested the state could deal with potential cuts in federal Medicaid funding by not paying for "transgender surgeries".

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About an hour later, the House of Delegates voted 85-0 to refuse to concur.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, McConnell said healthcare and taxes still top the Republican legislative agenda, and he added he will not be reaching out to the minority Democrats on either one because differences between the two parties are too stark.

"Help is on the way, Oklahoma", said Chad Warmington, president of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association.

The more conservative Senate Republican caucus would prefer language like that contained in SB 6, a "bathroom bill" championed by Patrick and Sen. Ed Gaunch, a Charleston Republican.

Speaking more bluntly, Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, said vertical well operators are not affected by horizontal wells unless they have been benefiting from a "windfall" of oil or gas from lower formations working their way upward.

Rep. Burkett (left, ) was also instrumental in passing House Bill 2 in 2013, which banned abortions after 20 weeks, and has continued to protect the life of the unborn during her time in office.

The plan would have undone most of the past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

"This proposal from the Senate should be soundly rejected". Both the House and Senate have budgeted for passage of the bill, but the Senate has not scheduled a hearing.

Referring to behind-the-scenes work among Senate Republicans on a healthcare bill, McConnell said, "I don't know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment".

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