By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are likely to have one of their longest annual sessions ever this year because they’re still struggling to resolve budget and tax issues.

Lawmakers were convening Thursday for the 98th day of their session, eight more than their leaders traditionally schedule. Each extra day in session costs the state a total of more than $40,000.

Republicans in the GOP-dominated Legislature have yet to agree on proposals for raising taxes to close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Resolution of budget and tax issues isn’t expected until at least the session’s 100th day.

Only five sessions have lasted 100 days or more, according to legislative researchers. The longest in state history was in 2002, at 107 days.

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