Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009

Sebelius asks for permission to juggle state funds to make payroll, issue tax refunds

February 16, 2009, 12:14 p.m. Updated February 16, 2009, 1:33 p.m.

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— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to ask for permission to shift some funds so Kansas can pay its bills on time.

The maneuver involves transferring money into the state’s main bank account from other funds throughout state government. It’s another sign that the recession has left the state financially strapped.

Legislators and their staff said Monday that they expect Sebelius to try to move $225 million.

The maneuver must be approved by the State Finance Council, which is the governor and the Legislature’s top eight leaders. Sebelius has called a Monday afternoon meeting.

To move the money, they would issue a special certificate requiring the internal loan to be paid off by June 30.

The council issued similar certificates in July and December, totaling $550 million.

Comments

Centerville 6 years, 5 months ago

The primary culprit is overspending, not the recession.

Sigmund 6 years, 5 months ago

Centerville (Anonymous) says… "The primary culprit is overspending, not the recession."

Yep, and robbing Peter to pay Paul is sure to work as long as Peter doesn't realize he is being robbed.

beawolf 6 years, 5 months ago

I hope everyone who voted for those Republican bozo's have a change of heart in 2010. The Republican congress is responsible for the budget shortfall, not the Governor, and now they want to hold a gun to their constituent's heads. This must be the worst legislature in the Union.

pace 6 years, 5 months ago

The current legislature seems intent on turning their backs on their employees and the citizens of Kansas. They whine and bully at the changes instead of stepping up to the plate to make them. We hear nothing about their plans except to change back the clock and to continue business in the old ways. They need to work with new problems with a new attitude or Kansas is suffer.

absolutelyridiculous 6 years, 5 months ago

beawolf...this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Republican party you doof...your Democrats just enslaved all our kids and grandkids to a lifetime of debt and insecurity over the weekend.

This is brought on by a freaking recession...this is bad enough and there is NO single party that will solve this one.

We all need to work together to get out of this one. A house divided will fall in on itself. Don't be part of the problem.

beawolf 6 years, 5 months ago

The recession has nothing to do with the incompetency displayed by the Republican controlled legislature.

Your comment " Democrats just enslaved all our kids and grandkids to a lifetime of debt and insecurity over the weekend." .....is wild speculation at best. Get back to me in 4 years.

CeeDub 6 years, 5 months ago

Remember when Sebelius first took office and she changed the payment of our June prop taxes to May in order to balance the budget? She was given SO many kudos which was a joke, because it was just fuzzy math as the budget was a mess the following year when everything was in sync again.

Also, can anyone explain to me why she feels she needs to take 100% of each town's liquor tax that is collected for the State, and not give anything back to the collecting town? I have been unable to find the reason for it anywhere, and think it is madness.

We also need to work together to pay for improvements to the crumbling buildings at our universities. That's another item that is always pushed aside during budget problems; as a homeowner knows - put off home maintenance and you soon have more expensive repairs because it just snowballs.

It's also important to keep education funded at the K-12 level. What happened to education being funded by the lottery that we voted for in 1988?

We need to stop pointing fingers, work together to live within our means (this includes the government!) and make sure Kansas is presented in a positive light. Heaven knows we have enough bad publicity with the Topeka bunch picketing funerals, and other items that hit the national news frequently.

CeeDub 6 years, 5 months ago

Marion - loved watching WCF! Amazing how he could act so out of control one minute, but really was in control the whole time. I think we need legislators who are in control of their "brains" 100% of the time, and stop their partisan baloney...

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