Kansas legislators send the state’s $18 billion budget to Governor Laura Kelly after working into the early morning hours Sunday to push it forward.
Legislators adjourned after midnight Sunday morning, with both chambers agreeing to the state’s budget, which is set to take effect on July 1. After several weeks of discussion, lawmakers did not come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion. However, the current version of the budget does include more funds for higher education and the state’s prison system, along with a pay raise for state employees. Senator Richard Hilderbrand says he expects Governor Kelly to sign the budget bill into law, but veto the bill that would have allowed Kansas to take advantage of the federal tax windfall. The legislature is adjourned until May 29, when they will return to Topeka.