In Jefferson City, according to the Associated Press, the top five issues competing for attention will be income tax cuts to keep Missouri competitive with Kansas, fixing the school transfer law, Medicaid expansion, placing on the ballot a possible 1 cent sales tax hike to rebuild and expand I-70 and clamping down on unions by making Missouri a right to work state.
Over in Kansas, lawmakers returned to Topeka. According to the longtime political insider newsletter Hawver’s Capitol Report, the top priorities for lawmakers will be getting elected and school funding with a potential decision coming from the Kansas Supreme Court that could force lawmakers to spend 400 million dollars more on schools. He also lists efforts to find even more places to carry concealed weapons, bills to restrict electronic cigarettes and another push to put booze in grocery stores.
Barbara Shelly, Kansas City Star
Jim McLean, KHI News Service
Sam Zeff, KCPT Special Correspondent
Dave Helling, Kansas City Star