Kansas Democrats are offering a plan to make sure state workers keep getting paid even if there’s no budget deal soon. The plan provides enough money to keep paying workers for eight weeks. Administration officials say the state doesn’t have the authority to pay non-essential workers after June 6th if a budget isn’t passed.
The Kansas Senate has approved a bill creating an amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers and cutting the state’s sales tax on food. It does little to close a budget shortfall of more than $400 million but sets up negotiations with the House over other tax proposals.