Kansas Budget Unfinished As Gov. Gets Health Job

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination for a Cabinet job in Washington comes even as work on the next Kansas budget remains unfinished.

And Kansas legislators disagree about how her departure for a job as U.S. secretary of health and human services will affect their work.

They're not even sure of the timing of her departure. President Barack Obama announced Sebelius as his choice for secretary of health and human services Monday. She still must be confirmed by the Senate.

Her departure will elevate Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson to governor.

Many legislators consider him more approachable than Sebelius. One of them is House Appropriations Chairman Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican.

But Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican, said Sebelius' decision to leave creates a disruption.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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