Here is a response from House Speaker Rep. Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, after he and Senate President Stephen Morris, R-Hugoton, rejected a proposal by the governor that the state borrow $225 million from itself to temporarily pay bills.
Republicans argue the move would be illegal until the Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, signs a budget bill that would cut $325.6 million from the current budget. The governor has not yet received the measure.
The disagreement means the state might not have money to cover state employee pay checks and Medicaid payments to providers such as hospitals and doctors which are scheduled to come out Friday.
Income tax returns could also be delayed. So far the state owes about $12 million in returns.
Here is the response:
“While we all can agree that these are trying times for Kansas families, seniors, and business owners the Kansas House of Representatives respectfully disagrees with breaking the law in order to gain political capital.