Archive for Friday, March 25, 2011

Kansas Senate leadership shows little interest in state worker pay cut

March 25, 2011


— Senate Republican leaders on Friday showed no appetite for a proposal by House Republican leaders to cut the pay of state employees by $19 million.

“For us to decrease their pay is not the way we should be going,” said Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton.

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a plan to cut on a sliding scale the salaries of state employees making more than $40,000 per year, up to 7.5 percent for those earning more than $100,000 per year.

The cut would apply to state officers, including legislators, justices and judges, statewide elected officials, and statutory agency heads.

But the Appropriations Committee voted to exempt legislative staff from the pay cut.

Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said no one on the committee was interested in cutting the pay of rank-and-file state employees.

The Ways and Means Committee proposal includes only a 7.5 percent cut to state officers.

Both plans are expected to be debated next week in the full House and Senate and probably end up in a conference committee for lengthy negotiations.

Democrats have been critical of attempts by House Republican leaders to cut state workers’ pay.

“I am very concerned about the message we are sending to faculty and researchers,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence.


grimpeur 7 years ago

This was predictable. The House has had its chance to stomp its feet and act out. Yes, they look foolish, childish, and selfish. But that's what immaturity looks like. Feel better? Good.

Now get back to work.

LogicMan 7 years ago

It's not an easy task to balance next year's budget, but hopefully they can find reasonable ways to do it.

Would it have helped if my suggestion of a hiring freeze had been taken a few years ago?

somebodynew 7 years ago

Well, LogicMan, they supposed have that on now - except they keep advertising positions and making new positions for their friends. So if the other administration had put a hiring freeze in effect, but kept hiring anyway, not too sure it would have made a difference.

OldSoldier 7 years ago

Your headline is misleading. Legislators are "state workers." They just forget who they work for.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years ago

There was a hiring freeze in place, but it ended in January, 2011.

Since then, the state workforce has ballooned.

LogicMan 7 years ago

Link to a story on the hiring freeze?

I saw plenty of KU advertisements all along in the Journal-World, but didn't track Topeka, etc. for other State jobs.

beaujackson 7 years ago

Some will make less after the next election.

strongarmcrunch 7 years ago

Meanswhile, the Kansas Senate Leadership listen more to the mafia-like words of the states chambers of commerce.

Once those chambers were a good thing. Like Unions, they have morphed, perverted, become steeped in irrational greed, and have far more power than they should.

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