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Gov. Kelly Approves Budget, Sets Aside Millions for Virus Response


Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed Senate Bill 66, officially approving the state budget bill for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. She issued no line item vetoes.


Kelly applauded legislators' efforts, but did warn against adding unnecessary spending when the legislature meets for its wrap up session in April. However, Kelly also applauded the state government for its work in approving $65 million for coronavirus response efforts across the state.


The state legislature spent over $100 million more from the State General Fund than Kelly had recommended back in January, with another $100 million in potential enhancements delayed until the omnibus budget. This total excludes coronavirus-related expenses. The governor, entering her second year as Kansas' governor, mentioned these unexpected pandemic costs as a reason for cutting back spending come April's meeting.

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