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TheChat: Quit legislating via the budget, KC lawmaker insists


Good morning.

▪ “What's the next political issue that you're going to put in the budget to make a statement or to drive a point or to get around the Legislature?” — Missouri state Sen. Jason Holsman, a Kansas City Democrat, reacting to the GOP’s attempt to make immigrants who lack documentation ineligible for in-state tuition.

Holsman said Republicans were illegally legislating through the budget.

▪ “These doors stay open.” — Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, reacting to the Republican-led Legislature’s decision to eliminate funding to its operations in Missouri.

Missouri stands to become yet another state where lawmakers have eliminated or reduced funding to the organization. In a statement, Kogut said a court fight could be in the works.

▪ “I have not endorsed a successor, but I might.” — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announcing that he would not seek re-election next year.

The longest-serving mayor in St. Louis history also said he would not leave office early.

▪ “Flexibility.” — Kansas budget director Shawn Sullivan explaining why the state is delaying a $93 million payment to the state pension system.

The flexibility will help lawmakers balance the budget in a year when revenues have headed south. Sullivan said payments to KPERS members would not be affected.