Bud­get chief warns of lay­offs

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

Kansas would prob­a­bly be forced to lay off pri­son guards, cut aid to public schools and re­duce pay­ments to health­care providers and nurs­ing homes if leg­is­la­tors don’t in­crease taxes, Repub­li­can Gov. Sam Brown­back’s bud­get direc­tor, Shawn Sul­li­van, told GOP law­mak­ers.

Di­vided over how to re­spond to a bud­get short­fall that arose af­ter the state slashed per­sonal in­come taxes, law­mak­ers ap­proved a spend­ing mea­sure with a $400-mil­lion deficit for the fis­cal year be­gin­ning July 1.

Be­cause the Kansas Con­sti­tu­tion re­quires the bud­get to be bal­anced, Brown­back has three op­tions if no tax plan passes: veto the bud­get mea­sure, veto in­di­vid­ual spend­ing lines, or in­voke a state law that al­lows him to avert a deficit by cut­ting spend­ing when law­mak­ers are not in ses­sion.

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