Topeka House Democrats today unveiled a plan to cut the Legislature’s pay and budget to save the state $1.37 million.
“It’s time for the Legislature to make the same sacrifices that the rest of state government and Kansas families have been making since this recession began,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence.
The proposal calls for cutting legislative pay 5 percent, adopting a non-partisan redistricting commission, delaying for two years a legislative computerization upgrade, and a 50 percent cut to franking privileges.
The total amount cut would reduce legislative spending by 9 percent.
Davis said the legislative budget has increased 29 percent over the past five years, which, he said, was unacceptable given budget cuts to health, human services, public safety and education.
At the start of the 2010 legislative session, Republican leaders proposed a plan to furlough legislators for 10 days, but that proposal went nowhere under criticism from both parties.
Overall, state government has been cut about $1 billion since last year, and faces another $400 million revenue shortfall.