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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.


Eride 10 months, 3 weeks ago

This might be valuable for many posters in this thread.

You should read it.



Liberty275 10 months, 3 weeks ago

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


yourworstnightmare 10 months, 3 weeks 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).


yourworstnightmare 10 months, 3 weeks 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.


Keith 10 months, 3 weeks 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.


Brock Masters 10 months, 3 weeks 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?


PFC 10 months, 3 weeks ago

"furloughs of state employees, and non-payment of insurance for some state employees was "right around the corner" - while they continue to get paid for not doing their job.


reality_check79 10 months, 3 weeks 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...


yourworstnightmare 10 months, 3 weeks 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.


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