Budget chief warns of layoffs
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.