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House GOP leader says state employee furloughs possible unless budget approved; measure putting brakes on Common Core in the mix


Topeka — Republican leaders in the House told their rank-and-file members that they needed to approve a state budget Saturday or state employees would face furloughs.

But some GOP House members said they felt like they were being given a take-it or leave-it option, and others said they would vote against the budget unless they get a chance to vote for a bill putting the brakes on Common Core education standards.

The dispute arose on the 99th day of the legislative session, which was supposed to end at 90 days and Republican leaders had earlier said would be finished in 80 days.

"We have a Republican House, Senate and governor and we need to get our work done," said House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg. "If we have bad results because of delays in our process … it has effects and those can affect all of us in the next year," Vickrey said.

Vickrey said the Legislature is facing constitutional deadlines to appropriate funds for the next fiscal year. "The governor can't spend money not passed by the Legislature," he said.

Some state payments for July 1 and beyond are written as early as June 10, he said. To get an approved appropriations bill prepared for Gov. Sam Brownback to sign into law takes at least 7 days, he said. Vickrey said furloughs of state employees, and non-payment of insurance for some state employees was "right around the corner." He said the House would take up the proposed budget later Saturday.

But Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, said he didn't think any state employees were in any imminent danger of being furloughed, but he said the Legislature needs to approve a budget.

State Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, said he was a "No" vote on the budget until the House gets a chance to consider a bill that would suspend work on Common Core and proposed science standards for schools. Tea party groups say Common Core standards represent a federal intrusion on schools, but supporters of Common Core say the standards will improve education and note that they were developed by states.

On the issue of adopting a budget, state Rep. Ed Bideau, R-Chanute, said legislators have known for weeks about approaching deadlines and that the overtime session is playing havoc with school districts trying to prepare for the next year. "It smacks a little bit of a cramdown," to be told the budget must be approved now, he said.


yourworstnightmare 4 years, 9 months ago

The tea party purge of republicans is in full effect. These freshman tea partiers are anarchic bomb throwers. Their only mode of operation is conflict, whether it be with democrats, republicans, or themselves. Conflict and discord is all they know.

Conflict is what got them elected, but it makes for terrible governance.

They are not interested in making government better or more efficient. They are interested in destroying government, making it small enough to drown in a bathtub, as famously said by Grover.

Pity the poor, simple Kansan, to whom stopping abortion is so important that he has endangered his state, his economy, and his way of life.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 9 months ago

Funny... Obama does the EXACT same thing and gets praised (obamacare, budget, and now overriding congress by taking over 600 million dollars to buy helicopters for Afghanistan)... Have to love the liberal logic! Majority only rules if it benefits the Lawrence liberals I guess...

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

reality, you are exactly right. I condemn what our legislature is doing as well as our president and US congress.

Posters here mock the stupidity of the legislators while ignoring comments made by Maxine Waters and others.

Cast aside any party loyalty and start demanding both sides represent us.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 9 months ago

"Due to liberals putting federal employees on furlough FEMA can't respond to your request at this time. If you could stop Obama from sending billions to other countries for green energy, helicopters, and wothless projects while growing the debt more than any president in history FEMA would be more than happy to assist you." FEMA

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

Last I looked Kansas was part of the US so what happens at the national level does affect us.

But, none, you highlight the point. You and others just want to attack the GOP (yes, they deserve it) while ignoring the Dems who are equally bad and destructive.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, Dems have been playing catch-up with the Repugs in the "bad and destructive" dept. for the last 20 or so years. And even though they've become "worse and more destructive" along the way, the Repugs have still managed to widen their lead by a considerable distance.

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

So you're in charge what we discuss lots of threads take different tangents. Get over it. Don't like it don't read it. But you aren't in control of what I and others discuss.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 9 months ago

Nice dodge. This article is about the dysfunctional nature of the Kansas legislature and governor, dominated by tea partiers.

Unless Maxine Waters is secretly pulling the strings in Kansas.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 9 months ago

Yourworstnightmare would be to see that the level of dysfunction in the white house is even worse! Federal employees are on furlough in Kansas. Did you say anything then? Nope.

question4u 4 years, 9 months ago

Federal employees are on furloughs because of sequestration. Obama called sequestration "dumb" and "arbitrary."

Kansas representative Tim Huelskamp called sequestration "the first significant tea party victory." Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo called it "a home run for America."

Now the consequences of sequestration are somehow the fault of the one who called it "dumb" and "arbitrary and not the fault of those who called it a "victory" and "a home run"?

Most things in Kansas seems to be backwards these days, but just when you thought you'd heard everything...

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

Obama cut whitehouse tours for kids, but had enough money to host a party with celebs and give millions to foreign countries.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 9 months ago

Sequestration was driven 100% by politics, not policy, from both sides.

I've no doubt that many of the 10% across-the-board cuts that Obama was forced to make were at least in part politically driven. But no more so than all the whining by the Republicans who are just as responsible for this shotgun approach to budget cutting-- they'd have whined just as loudly no matter what he chose to cut.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 9 months ago

That's the whole issue... Obama wont change his budget, forcing the the gop to take it or leave it... Did the same thing with obamacare, and the same thing over and over no matter corrupt it looks! Your mad at republicans for not working with anyone here but praise liberals for the same practice!

Keith 4 years, 9 months ago

Just a reminder that budgets originate in the (republican) House.

Evan Ridenour 4 years, 9 months ago

Just FYI, constitutional lesson for you... the LEGISLATURE is the branch of government that constructs the budget. The EXECUTIVE branch (in the current administration, Obama, to you: "Satan") has zero control over the budget.

Oh, as an additional fact, this article is about KANSAS, In KANSAS, the republican party enjoys a super majority in both the house and the senate, and controls the executive branch. So ya... Totally Obama's fault here... right?!

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

Eride so Brownback has nothing to do with this screwed up budget the legislature passed since he is part of the executive branch?

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

YWN No dodge, simply responding to another poster.

Waters is not pulling strings here, but her actions and votes do affect Kansas. But go ahead and defend her. L

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 9 months ago

Rather than just bandy about her name like an expletive, why not let us know what she's said that has anything to do with what's going on in Topeka?

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

Not the point. The point is the double standard. Republicans say stupid things and get called on it by posters here why Dems get a pass. That's all. Congress, all of it, affects Kansas.

Evan Ridenour 4 years, 9 months ago

No. It is the point. She has NOTHING to do with KANSAS. If your best defense for the ineptitude of our Kansas legislature is to blame someone who has nothing to do with Kansas... well...

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

Erode read my post and you'll see there is no defense of the Kansas legislature. I am highly critical of it. My post was in response to another post. Please try to keep up when commenting.

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

Here is the sad part. As bad as the KS GOP there is a dem that can beat Brownback.

Will Davis be the sacrificial lamb?

Keith 4 years, 9 months ago

"House GOP leader says state employee furloughs possible unless budget approved; "

I've got a great idea, let's start with the Legislature, they've wasted enough taxpayer dollars already.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 9 months ago

The congress passes a budget, which is then signed or vetoed by the President.

The president can certainly propose a budget, but nothing happens until congress acts.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 9 months ago

Lots of dodges and switching of subjects here. Lots of logical fallacies in reasoning.

Here is a handy dandy website for you to detect when you are committing a logical fallacy.


(Hint: this message represents an ad hominem about how flawed the reasoning of right wing posters on this site tends to be).

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

I approve of government in-fighting. The more they worry about each other, the less they will worry about us.

Evan Ridenour 4 years, 9 months ago

This might be valuable for many posters in this thread.


You should read it.


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