Instead of ending in 80 days, as promised by the Legislature’s new conservative GOP leaders, the legislative session has spun out of control. On the 91st day, which was Friday, the House unceremoniously rejected the Senate’s tax plan on a 5-109 vote and adjourned until Tuesday. That was despite a closed-door appeal to House freshmen that morning by Gov. Sam Brownback. Such rancor among conservatives reflects badly on the leadership of the governor, Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and the resulting overtime days are wasting tax dollars. Senate negotiators took a big step Friday afternoon in blessing House negotiators’ preferred 6 percent sales-tax rate, but will the rank and file fall in line? Brownback needs to usher lawmakers to the exits.
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