TOPEKA – Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) introduced a bill this morning in the Senate Committee on Ways and Means that holds Senate Republican leadership accountable for failing to meet the budget deadline they promised last October.
“President Wagle and others outlined in their BETTER plan back in October prior to the election that if the Legislature did not pass the budget within the first 70 days, legislators’ per diem pay would be forfeited,” said Hensley. “However, she never introduced such a bill.”
The Senate passed a FY 2018 and FY 2019 budget bill last week but, without a revenue package, has a deficit of more than $800 million in those fiscal years. The House has yet to even consider a budget this session.
“This is a bill for the taxpayers of Kansas,” said Hensley. “Today marks day 74, and the Legislature has not passed a budget. Senate Republican leaders should be held accountable for what they promised during the 2016 campaign.”
Legislators earn $88.66 per day when in session. Forfeiting per diem pay now through the end of the session, an estimated 20 days, would result in a savings of nearly $300,000.