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Legislators to share some budget pain

After being shamed by Gov. Mark Parkinson and various newspaper editorials for asking for increased funding for the Legislature, GOP legislative leaders wisely backtracked this week. The leaders proposed cutting legislative pay by 5 percent and rescinding a recent increase in the daily allotment that lawmakers receive for food and lodging. The leaders also announced that they would "furlough" lawmakers each Friday in January. It's worth pointing out that most lawmakers typically don't work in Topeka on Fridays during the early part of the session anyway — though now they won't get paid for not working.

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