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Lawmakers prepare to resume 2012 session

April 24, 2012

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— Kansas lawmakers resume the 2012 session Wednesday facing major unresolved issues, including passage of a state budget and redrawing the state's political boundaries.

Legislators have spent the three weeks on their traditional spring recess.

House and Senate budget committees met during the break to work on the estimated $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year. The committees received word during the recess that state revenue over the next two years is expected to top earlier estimates by $252 million.

House and Senate negotiators are expected to resume talks on proposals to reduce the state income tax for individuals and eliminate the tax for nearly 200,000 businesses.

Lawmakers must also redraw the boundaries of the 125 state House districts, 40 Senate districts and four U.S. House districts.

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ThePilgrim 5 years, 5 months ago

"Lawmakers prepare to resume 2012 witchhunt...er...session"

Alceste 5 years, 5 months ago

The "lawmakers" have gutted KPERS reform such that LEGISLATORS shall continue to get their sweet payoff:

Even though they only really "earn" for a couple of months of the year, they get credit for earning it all year long.

For the legislator listing all income - the daily rate, subsistence and allowance - this is how annualization is calculated:

•$88.66 (daily rate) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $32,981.52

•$123 (subsistence) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $45,756

•$7,083 non-session allowance.

Altogether, that equals $85,820.52, and that's the pay figure that would be used for that legislator retiring now.

Now then, that political hack who is president of the Kansas hillbilly senate or whatever the operation is has defended this obscene payout because legilsators work for "...so little money....". Ok....if that is the case, why aren't all civil servants for the state of Kansas allowed to have their KPERS benefit calculated on a 372 day work year?

In calendar year 2010, employer contributions for legislators in KPERS slightly topped $900,000.

A legislator retiring with an annualized pay of $85,820.52, and with 10 years' service, would have an annual KPERS benefit of $15,018.60, for a monthly benefit of $1,251.55, according to KPERS. If the retiring legislator had 20 years' service, the annual benefit would be $30,037.20, and monthly, $2,503.10.

A state social services worker in a supervisory role retired in 1995 after 15 years and draws a monthly KPERS benefit of $524. That is equal to the monthly benefit for a county-level commercial appraiser who retired at 65, vested at nine years with KPERS.

It's for the children, you know. shrug

SB338, New Section 18 is toast. The HOUSE has it's own bill and there is NO language changing this sweet pay off. Why is that?

kansanjayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Ks legislators r some of the lowest pd in the nation.

deec 5 years, 5 months ago

Good. They are public employees, so they should be content with whatever the public decides to pay them. If they don't like it, they should get a job in the private sector. If they were hardworking, decent people, they wouldn't be leeching off the government in a taxpayer funded job.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

The upside? We get them cheap, but this encourages them to play games with their pensions. The downside? You limit the representatives to those who are often well-do-do in the first place or are retired. Paying a reasonable salary might get some of the common folks to run because they could afford to serve. It works both ways, deec.

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