TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas' Democratic governor is locked in another partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over a new plan to largely paper over a massive budget shortfall with short-term accounting moves.
Republican legislative leaders argued Friday that measures that Gov. Laura Kelly's budget director outlined to keep the next budget balanced only push most of the state's financial problems off a year.
The state is facing a big shortfall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kelly is trying to avoid cuts in funding for public schools, social services and highway projects.
The criticism showed that the partisan rancor is all but certain to continue into next year.