Dems Hope Kansas House Action Kills Proposed Pay Cut

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Democrats are hoping the Kansas House's quick rejection of a proposal to cut the pay of state government workers kills the idea.

But some Republicans think it's likely to surface again as legislators deal with the state's budget problems.

The Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson must close a projected $328 million deficit in the next state budget.

Republicans used their majority on the House Appropriations Committee to add a 5 percent cut for the state's 42,000 workers to a budget-balancing bill.

That was Thursday night. By Friday evening, GOP leaders had backed off, sensing that the pay cut would sink the budget-balancing plan. The House removed it on a voice vote.

Parkinson says he doesn't think the pay cut is necessary to balance the budget.

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