Governor Sam Brownback Signs Two-Year Budget

By: 13 News (posted by Sarah Plake)
By: 13 News (posted by Sarah Plake)

TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Governor Sam Brownback has taken action on the state budget Saturday afternoon.

He signed the state's two-year budget bil into law, but line-item vetoed the 2015 budget for the Department of Corrections because he considers it "inadequate."

Brownback said he looks forward to the 2014 legislative session to find sufficient funds for Corrections.

Below is a list of line-item vetoes directly from Brownback's office:

" Pursuant to Article 2, Section 14 of the Constitution of the State of Kansas, the Governor returned the SB 171 with the following line item vetoes:

Department of Administration

Vetoed transfer of state’s $25 million share of FICA refunds because state has not received entire refund from IRS.

Vetoed transfer of the Curtis State Office Building Maintenance Reserve Fund because action would affect state’s bonding authority.

Vetoed elimination of vacant positions because it will increase overtime at agencies.

Department of Corrections:

Vetoed transfer of $1.9 million in FY 2013 and $750,000 in FY 2014 from the Kansas Correctional Industries to soften the impact of FY 2014 funding reductions.

Vetoed FY 2015 budget because it is considered inadequate.

Office of the Attorney General:

Vetoed transfers from the Court Cost Fund in FY 2015; Medicaid Prosecution Revolving Fund in FY 2014/2015 and concealed carry fund in FY 2014/2015.

Department of Commerce

Vetoed transfer from the Reimbursement and Recovery Fund because the money is collected from other states and is obligated for the operations of America’s Job Link Alliance.

University of Kansas Medical Center

Vetoed the enrollment management proviso because it would have unintended consequences on the KUMC campuses in Salina and Wichita.

Kansas Water Office

Vetoed the funding of the Weather Modification program because the State Water Plan Fund resources should be focused on efforts to extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer and to secure state’s future water supply.

Salary Cap

Vetoed the section to implement salary restrictions because it would impact agencies inconsistently and punish those agencies that worked most diligently to drive down costs and reduce staffing in FY 2013. Additionally, this policy would restrict the ability of state agencies to best manage the reduced resources provided by this budget. "

Governor Brownback thanked state lawmakers for their work in the 2013 session, which lasted just shy of 100 days.

Lawmakers approved the $14.5 billion spending plan June 2.

Brownback said the two-year budget will give state agencies and schools better funding and will allow them to better plan in the future.

"Having a strong ending balance for three straight years will help us weather the uncertainty of a federal government that continues to have major budget problems," Brownback said.


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