House Bill Prioritizes State Payroll

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas House Republicans are taking a swipe at Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius over a recent budget dispute.

They've introduced a measure that would force the governor to pay state employees before paying any other bills when the state is low on cash. That situation came up last month.

Sebelius proposed moving $225 million into the state's main bank account from other funds. Republican legislative leaders initially blocked the internal borrowing, questioning its legality.

Sebelius and her top aides responded that the state would be unable to make the Feb. 20 payroll for 42,000 government workers. GOP leaders relented after Sebelius signed a bill balancing the state's current budget.

Sebelius spokeswoman Beth Martino said it was premature to comment on the bill introduced Monday because it could be changed.

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