Topeka State budget negotiations crashed Thursday after a testy exchange between key leaders in the House and Senate as the Legislature neared adjournment.
One of the main sticking points was over different proposals to increase state employee pay.
"I'm not going to sit here without any progress," said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington.
"We can go home without a budget," she said, accusing the Senate of failing to compromise.
But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, said it was the House side that was holding things up.
Umbarger said he has asked legislative staff to draw up a "scorecard" of the budget work so far, and he said that list will show the Senate has compromised on many positions.
"I don't believe this is about a scorecard," Schwartz shot back.
The two sides adjourned until Monday, losing valuable time to craft a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The legislative session adjourns Tuesday before coming back April 25 for a wrap-up session.
One of the impasses between the House and Senate was over a pay increase for state employees.
House Republicans have proposed a 1 percent salary increase, $1,450 one-time salary bonus and an additional 5 percent increase for those whose job classes are substantially below the average market pay, according to a recent study.
But the Senate has offered a 3 percent pay raise and additional 5 percent increase to those way below market average.
"We have a real problem with the bonus payments," Umbarger said. He said since the bonuses aren't put in the base salary, they aren't as beneficial to workers as is a higher percentage pay raise.
But Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, and vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said the bonuses are seen as a temporary way to help state workers while the state creates a better pay classification system.