This week Kansans variously have heard that the private talks on taxes involving Gov. Sam Brownback and top GOP lawmakers are going well and at an impasse. Such important fiscal negotiations should be held with a broad, bipartisan range of legislators participating and the public watching. While we wait in the dark, though, here are some hopes for what will and won’t happen in the session’s remaining days:
With GOP legislative leaders having blown their self-imposed Monday deadline of holding the session to 80 days, the goal becomes wrapping it up within the usual 90. Lawmakers should be quick about reconciling revenue and spending numbers for fiscal 2014 as responsibly as possible. Every day without adjournment raises the taxpayers’ tab and risks further legislative mischief.