Sebelius signs budget bill, ends impasse

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed a budget reduction bill designed to eliminate the state's current budget deficit, ending an impasse with GOP lawmakers.

However, she vetoed portions of the bill that would have reduced school funding by $32 million. Sebelius instead is proposing school cuts of about $24 million.

Republican lawmakers, who had refused to authorize shifting state money around so tax refunds and employee paychecks could be sent out this week, said they could live with the changes.

That means the State Finance Council will meet Wednesday and likely authorize the money transfer to allow state workers to be paid Friday and refunds to be sent to taxpayers.