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Funding For Kansas Legislative Session Running Short

Kansas legislators are concerned about exhausting operating funds now that their annual session is among the longest in state history. They do not have a definitive answer for when the money runs out.

Wednesday marked the 103rd day of what was supposed to be a 100-day session. Republican legislative leaders had said the Legislature would exhaust its funds for the session by Friday and not be able to pay lawmakers. The record for the longest session was set at 114 days in 2015.

Legislative Administrative Services Director Tom Day said Wednesday that existing funds could last into next week, depending on non-salary expenses.

The Legislature reduced staffing on May 12 to drop its daily session costs to about $44,000 from $65,000. The Legislature’s budget is $17 million this year. Lawmakers foresaw the likelihood of an extended session as they budgeted for an additional 10 days on top of the traditional 90 day session before it began in January.

A bill could be passed to provide extra funds, but that is considered a political embarrassment.

Lawmakers await the Kansas Department of Revenue report for the month of May which is scheduled to be released later today. They are hoping for a surplus which would help lower the current $887 million budget shortfall through June of 2019.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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