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The LJ-World reports (and NPR confirms) that the state of Kansas has halted paying income-tax refunds, supporting schools, and might not pay its employees this Friday because Republicans enjoy frakking around with people. Oops. I mean, the state Republicans have blocked the normal loan process to coerce our Democratic governor to do their bidding:

Asked at a news conference if the state’s 42,000 state employees, including those at Kansas University, would be paid Friday, Sebelius’ budget director Duane Goossen said, “I don’t know.”

In addition to state employee paychecks, payments to schools, Medicaid, and income tax refunds are also in question.

The state’s general fund had $10.4 million in it Monday morning, Goossen said. The state’s payroll is $24 million, and state officials start processing those checks Wednesday for payment Friday. Last Friday, the state stopped paying income tax refunds because of the lack of cash.

The fireworks erupted after Sebelius requested a $225 million certificate of indebtedness to handle payments during the current low cash-flow period. Certificates of indebtedness, which have become almost routine during the past 10 years, allow the state to move funds around for cash-flow purposes.

Issuing the certificates requires agreement from legislative leaders, and the state has already issued $550 million worth during the current fiscal year.

But this time, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, and Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, refused.

They demanded that Sebelius, a Democrat, cut the budget first to close an increasing revenue gap.

It's nice to know that even after the Bush Years, we can still blame the Republican party for pain and suffering.

Looks like I won't be paying my mortgage or renewing my auto insurance this week!



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Feb. 17th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
The take-away of recent political events for me has been this:

Republicans are in fact assholes.
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. Also the Democrats (see Illinois...).
(no title) - fortyozspartan - Feb. 18th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
This was on all the local TV news last night.

If Kansas isn't paying its debts, perhaps we should stop sending in the withholding tax.
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I'm all for it! Problem is, if the legislature does it, it's just politics as usual. If we do it, we go to jail.

But what if everyone in the state stopped paying their withholding? Like a strike until they get their house in order?
(no title) - solan_t - Feb. 17th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about this. The mortgage payment, though, is such a black mark on your credit ratings that it would be worth taking out a credit card loan on. Also, as the crisis resolves, building an emergency fund. Best of luck!
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oops for some reason, this logged under the wrong account. It's Shelly, not OD.
(no title) - mckitterick - Feb. 17th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - shellyinseattle - Feb. 17th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Feb. 17th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
We can only hope the Repubs self-destruct. Perhaps we could replace them with the Green Party. Hm, probably not. How about a viable Libertarian Party? Yeah, I'd go for that.
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Shades of the Gingrich Tantrum--only even more destructive.
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. Yay, politics!
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Forgive me if I seem blase about this, but from what I gathered on the news, it's what they usually do anyway.

It's just that this is being made into more of the "OMG, THE ECONOMY IS COLLAPSING" doom-doom! media fodder.
And that they always put it through at the last moment.
We just aren't privy to that info.. usually.
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'd say it's a little different, what with not paying income-tax refunds since last week....
(no title) - silverfae - Feb. 17th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
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(no title) - silverfae - Feb. 17th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I swear, my jaw just dropped - seriously, not pay the state employees? They clearly are out of their fucking minds - who do the state Republicans think is doing all their daily work? Not to mention the higher ed employees!

And WTF - a budget cut certainly isn't going to happen by Friday! And I suspect the revenue gap is because of the current economic woes caused by their previous, "illustrious" leader.

I hope some resolution is found in time.

I am not a fan of Governor Goodhair (Perry) by any stretch, but at least he and the comptroller are on the same page, and everyone here is getting paid. :-\
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah. See, Kansas has the joy of this arrangement: a progressive Democratic governor who gets to deal with a backwards Republican legislature. We often get to witness hilarious political hijinx.
(no title) - geekmom - Feb. 17th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - mckitterick - Feb. 17th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
One other thought: I believe it's actually illegal not to pay people for work performed (an engineering firm I used to work at tried to ask people to work for no pay, post-9/11, and they were told it was illegal to do that, so they just laid off a bunch of us instead).

Perhaps some attorney somewhere ought to take up the cause... :-\
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I suspect Msrs. O’Neal and Morris will receive enough crap from their constituents that they'll have to relent. But this publicity stunt will also mean Sebelius will need to deal with the budget or face these jerks doing this over and over.

Why don't we just print more money and go back to pretending it means real value?
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I say that all state employees go on strike if the Republicans actually do this. I wonder if they're being particularly nasty because of the new rumors about Sebelius heading off to Washington?
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm all for it! (Though I'd have to be a scab on my teaching days....)

What rumor is this?
Rumors - the_themiscyran - Feb. 17th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - geekmom - Feb. 17th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
omgggggggg!!!! you are in some personal disaster zone!!!!! first the ebay thing, and now you're not being paid?

that is incredible, tho. i don't know how they can justify not paying people.
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the two together are pretty awesome.
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Aye, matey.
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
have blocked the normal loan process to coerce our Democratic governor to do their bidding

Sebelius is smarter than they think, but a R tactic to make Gov (or the party if she leaves for DC) look bad would be just the thing to help the Rs gain more support for... OMG I can't write it...my keyboard keys are refusing to depress, my fingers are shaking... Governor Brownback. Can you imagine that? Following up Sebelius with Brownback? What an unimaginable disaster.
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Aaaah! My eyes, the bleed!
(no title) - ericreynolds - Feb. 17th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Feb. 17th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, Chris, I am sorry. That sucks.
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Let's hope this is just a publicity stunt and means nothing.
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
It's mutual blackmail and brinksmanship. The guv's hands aren't clean here either. I'll lay even money they cut a deal in the next 48 hours.

Feb. 17th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I bet you're right.
(no title) - tully01 - Feb. 17th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 18th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Makes me sad and mad all at once.
Feb. 18th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm with you exactly.
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