From budgets to redistricting, higher education to water, a lot is on the table for the Kansas Legislature when the 2022 session convenes next week.

On KVOE’s Morning Show on Wednesday, 51st District Representative Ron Highland of Wamego said the combination of tax revenue and COVID relief funding from the federal government has the state with a $ 2 billion ending balance now and possibly up to $3 billion by July, along with over $1 billion in unallocated COVID funds. This will lead to “a tremendous amount of discussion on what to do with that cash,” including agency requests and tax policy.

Tax rebates, a plan from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, may not see a decision until late in the session. The push to end food sales taxes, both from Gov. Kelly and Republican challenger Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, will also be reviewed, although Highland says that may

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