House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence:

“I’m disappointed that this unprecedented action had to be taken.  It is a result of Governor Brownback and the House Republican leadership’s failure to come up with reasonable spending cuts that still maintained critical special education monies available from the federal government.” 

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, Topeka:

“This session is drawing to a close, yet the House Republicans remain unwilling to negotiate with Senate conferees on details of the FY2011 rescission.  Unable to persuade House Republicans to compromise, the Republican governor had no choice but to enact allotments.  It’s unprecedented that any governor be forced to make allotments in the middle of a session due to the inaction of members of his own party.  The Grand Old Party is floundering.”

“The governor and House Republicans demanded a $35 million ending balance for FY2011.  Ironically the governor’s allotments will result in a $0 ending balance.” 

Rep. Bill Feuerborn, Garnett, Ranking Democrat on House Appropriations Committee:

“We have a process in place that allows both the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch to participate in the budget process.  I am disappointed that Gov. Brownback was forced to break with the traditional process and make allotments on his own rather than work with the House and Senate to reach a compromise.”

Sen. Laura Kelly, Topeka, Ranking Democrat on Senate Way’s & Means Committee:

“Building consensus on the budget is our responsibility as legislators. I’m disappointed that the House conferees were unable to negotiate in good faith.  My primary concern now is that Kansas will fall out of compliance with federal maintenance of effort guidelines for special education funding.  If we fail to fund these mandates, Kansas will forfeit more than $100 million in federal funds that could be used in future budget years.  Those funds won’t ever be replaced.”   


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