Capitol Update: ‘Skipping payments just adds to the deficit and creates major problems down the road’

Rep. Melissa Rooker speaking at Saturday's community forum at Corinth Library.
Rep. Melissa Rooker speaking at Saturday’s community forum at Corinth Library.

Each legislative session, we provide northeast Johnson County’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Melissa Rooker submits this week’s update:

Belated Happy Kansas Day! January 29 fell on Sunday this year so we will mark the 156th anniversary of statehood with special recognition ceremonies at the beginning of our session today.

House Tax Committee has been taking a deep dive into the tax code through public hearings in the past week, looking at both income tax rates and tax exemptions. They will continue to work on a revision that addresses the shortfall in our state budget. The committee has a bill that closes the LLC exemption as a basic starting point, and are making the effort to explore a variety of other options before passing a package out of committee.