GOP lawmakers issue dueling invitations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas House and Senate have issued dueling invitations for joint meetings to air their differences on budget and tax issues.

House Republicans said that they will caucus Wednesday afternoon on tax and budget issues. They invited GOP senators to the meeting.

Senate Republican leaders said their lawmakers couldn’t make a meeting Wednesday and invited House Republicans to a Senate GOP caucus Thursday morning.

Republicans and Democrats in each chamber meet separately nearly every day to discuss bills that will be considered by the House or Senate. But a joint meeting of Republicans or Democrats from both chambers is uncommon.

The invitations came a day after House Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate President Susan Wagle acknowledged an impasse in private negotiations over tax issues.

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