GOP holds off increase size of school aid plan

The No. 2 Senate GOP leader, John Cornyn of Texas, expressed optimism that senators were narrowing differences and said staff could "start work" over the recess on writing some language of a Senate bill, but he conceded, "There's nothing final".

Plans to vote on a tax reform bill stalled Wednesday in the Kansas House but movement did occur on school funding.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Hall, whose committee advanced the bill and who voted for it, said he was "somewhat ambivalent" about it and the risk of worse future budget deficits in the effort to stimulate the economy.

"There were some flaws in the earlier rendition".

"The majority of us believed it was pragmatic to require a voter ID to ensure integrity", he said. Those rules are known as guaranteed issue, and community rating.

The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. School districts have said they desperately need that money.

But Abbott said he does want to see some form of property tax relief pass. The measure would end an income tax exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners touted by him as a pro-growth policy, but it would not be as aggressive as other plans in raising rates.

"That is not something that I would ever pass", the Houston Representative said.

Local governments, including cities, counties, school districts and other taxing entities, have opposed that. It also would give districts and schools grades in three separate categories - student achievement, student progress and school climate - and not one summative grade. The bill is expected to generate more than $123 million. Standing behind Abbott, from left, Marc Salvato, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, Rep. Gary VanDeaver, Sen.

The Kansas House has refused to debate a transgender "bathroom bill".

Many educators want the A-F system to be thrown out completely.

The association would have been satisfied with the changes in the House's original version of HB 22. One of her children is transgender and Smith fears the child's school would be compelled by the state to "out" her child's biological gender should a "bathroom bill" become law.

The information is in the so-called "score" released Wednesday of the legislation the House passed earlier this month. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different. "We're not afraid of A-F". It said consumers' out-of-pocket costs for those services "could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the (patients) who use those services".

"We believe that core insurance market reforms that guarantee access to affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions should be retained, including guaranteed issue, community rating, and barring pre-existing condition exclusions", AHIP CEO Marilyn Tavenner wrote in the letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin HatchInsurers: GOP should keep pre-existing condition protections DOJ pitches agreements to solve global data warrant woes Senate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote MORE (R-Utah). House Democrats despise vouchers and they have traditionally been joined by rural Republicans who fear hurting public schools that are the lifeblood of the small communities they represent.

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