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TheChat: Kansas session ends, but is state really paying its bills?


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▪ ▪ “We cannot continue to not pay our bills.” — Kansas state Sen. Jeff Longbine, an Emporia Republican, on how lawmakers handled fiscal matters this session.

Longbine said he’s fed up with legislative money management, such as the continuous borrowing of money from the highway fund. “Whether it’s revenue or cuts, or a combination of both...we cannot continue to play the shell game. We cannot continue to move money around,” he said.

▪ “People can rest well assured that I will remain engaged, involved and active until I personally see the next governor sworn in.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on the home stretch of his governorship.

Nixon, a Democrat, said he won’t be leaving the state once his term is over. But he had no specific plans to announce. (link via

▪ “The state with the lowest paid workers.” — Missouri state Sen. Kiki Curls, a Kansas City Democrat, speaking about low wages following a Budget Committee hearing.

The Missourian examined the accuracy of Curls’ claim. The senator didn’t indicate whether she was talking about private-sector workers or state government workers. Turns out that Missouri does not have the lowest paid private-sector workers. But it DOES have the lowest-paid state government workers at $803 a week.

▪ Simply to say that you cannot defend yourself unless you pay expensive fees and take a course is not in my opinion appropriate.” — Missouri state Rep. Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, on his proposal to make the Show-Me State an “open carry” state.

Burlison said such a move would help people who don’t have enough money or time to go through the standard permitting process.