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2009 Legislative Wrap-Up

Here is the 2009 Legislative wrap-up prepared by the official observer for League of Women Voters of Kansas observer, Paul Johnson.  This has been a landmark session and Paul has summarized it quite well for the League members. 
Submitted by  Kay Hale–

May 16, 2009
by Paul Johnson

The Kansas Legislature has finally gone home passing a $13 Billion state budget for 2010 with an ending balance of just $13,000. Kansas legislative leaders will internally borrow $775 million for cash flow purposes on July 1 – the beginning of the 2010 fiscal year – but must repay this borrowing by June 30, 2010. This budget is so tight that any decline in the projected revenues will force the Governor to make across the board cuts. Fortunately, revenues held up in April and hopefully this is a sign that the ‘April consensus’ lowered revenue projections for 2010 will materialize. This state budget – fashioned by Senate moderates and Democrats – was passed over the objection of the Kansas House leadership by House Democrats and moderate Republicans. However, the full collateral damage of these deep budget reductions is still being decided and implemented.

Read the complete document:   2009 Kansas Legislative Wrap-Up




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