Governor says legislators should wrap up by Thursday

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback is urging legislators to finish up their work by Thursday, the end of the 2011 legislative session.

Budget negotiators are still hammering out how taxpayer dollars will be spent next year. Thursday marks the 90th day of the session, which is the customary end. Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, introduced a measure Friday to halt pay for legislators and support staff after Thursday. It costs about $60,000 every day legislators meet.

“The work of the 2011 legislative session is drawing to a close. I am grateful for the Kansas Legislature's hard work this session,” Brownback said in a news release. “There still is important work to accomplish, but state lawmakers can and should complete their work within the 90-day session. I will continue working with legislative Leaders and budget negotiators to finalize an agreement that supports economic development and serves basic needs. Cutting $800 million in spending is challenging, but we’ll get it done and our state will be better for it. It will help create the right conditions for economic recovery and job growth."

Thursday, May 12th marks the 90th day of the 2011 session.