State lawmakers have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.
Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation. They shook a gloomy state revenue report and ignored that the state’s bond rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services.
The proposal now includes $11 million dollars to give the state’s nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus.
The budget agreement also preserves guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.
Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have begun working on a spending agreement; they’ve also cast aside a bleak revenue report that could undermine a rosier economic forecast leaders are using to justify higher spending.
The talks started last night, just a few hours after the state Revenue Department reported that April’s tax collections totaled $92 million dollars less than expected.
State officials blamed changes in the federal tax code on capital gains and other income.
Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposal includes a 1.5 percent raise for classified state employees.
But Monday, a Senate committee cut that raise out of its version of the budget, at least temporarily. Senator Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, said the pay raise would affect more employees than originally thought.
“We weren’t fully aware that it would touch some judges, classified employees, it touches the Legislature. So we’re just trying to get our arms around it and then look at it globally,” Denning said.