Archive for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bill on federal stimulus funding called unnecessary by Sebelius administration

Measure could hinder access to funds, budget director warns

March 11, 2009


A bill that would require approval from top elected officials before a state agency could apply for federal stimulus funds was criticized Wednesday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration as unnecessary and possibly harmful in Kansas’ efforts to get its share of recovery dollars.

Sebelius’ budget director Duane Goossen said Senate Bill 296 “could actually slow things down and really hinder our ability in some areas to access the money in a timely manner.”

But state Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, said his bill would ensure that state officials understood whether there were any federal mandates attached to the federal monies and whether the expenditures were reasonable.

“I consider this due diligence,” Abrams told the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “We should not step up and sign up for this thing without understanding what we are getting into,” he said.

Kansas will receive about $1.7 billion under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.

Goossen and several committee members said the state already has in place numerous checks to ensure that the money is properly spent. And they said the Legislature, through its budgeting process, has oversight over the expenditures.

A portion of the bill would prohibit state agencies from applying for federal funding without prior approval of the State Finance Council, which is composed of the governor and legislative leaders.

Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said that provision could endanger some federal highway funding coming to Kansas because the state is under strict deadlines on using those monies.


Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

In MA, they know where to put the fed money. "BOSTON (AP) -- More than one out of every five dollars of the $125 million Massachusetts is receiving from a federal spending bill is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys. The bill includes $5.8 million for a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate to be located near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. The JFK Museum will get $22 million for upgrades."

james bush 9 years, 2 months ago

Give Obama enough time and HIS strong central government will stop state legislatures from standing in his way of distributing money the way he and ACORN and Soros decide.............we will be seeing how a real DECIDER gets things done.

zenmon 9 years, 2 months ago

I suppose most repugs would be happy about tax cuts because it gives back money to those that pay in. From what I understand a little more than half the country actually pays federal income tax. Isn't that fair? I know, fifty percent of Americans are rich and the other half got screwed by the rich.

It definitely makes more sense for the federal bueracracy to take our money with all their efficiencies and then spend it on other things like . They could simply not take the money in the first place (that's a tax cut). If I understand it correctly the federal government can spend my money more wisely than me, I guess they should just think for me since the government knows best, last I checked I wasn't so far in debt that I'd have to live three life times before I could pay it off.

Liberty275 9 years, 2 months ago

Maybe sebelius wants to hire some pig-sniffers to find out why the porcine in kansas smell bad and doesn't want to wait for approval. We need to get to the bottom of the pig-stench problem, the sooner the better.

Budgets_Smudgets 9 years, 2 months ago

Liberty, save your porcine feces.

Duane Goossen is a stand-up guy. From either R or D perspectives. He knows and articulates policy. He is v ery protective of the state.

....But, Steve Abrams has little to show other than his articulations that the world is less than 10,000 years old.

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