Parkinson Says He'll Address Judiciary Budget Problems

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Gov. Mark Parkinson says he hopes to name his new lieutenant governor in the next couple weeks.

Parkinson visited the Topeka SRS office Tuesday to meet workers and thanks them for their efforts.

While there, the told 13 News that besides naming a second in command, he's also focused on reviewing bills lawmakers passed.

The former state GOP chairman turned Democrat says his ties to both sides of the aisle helped him work out compromises on key issues. He says he has friends from both parties who he asked to come together and, as a result, they accomplished a lot.

Part of the fallout from the session comes in the form of budget cuts. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis sent letters to judiciary workers Tuesday saying budget cuts could mean up to 30 days of statewide court closures and unpaid furloughs for nonjudicial employees next year.

Parkinson says the idea was the courts could make up for the cuts through increases in filing fees, but it appears those fees weren't raised enough. He says he has made a commitment to the chief justice that should the shortfalls occur, as soon as lawmakers return in January, he will ask them to address it.

Parkinson says he has specifically asked Davis not to furlough any workers in light of what appears to be a "mistake."

Parkinson also repeated he will not be a candidate for any office in 2010.

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