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Pay-go rules for Kansas

Hopefully this rule will bring spending restraint to Kansas. Americans for Prosperity-Kansas explains the rule’s importance.

Kansas Senate approves pay-go provision to help curb spending

TOPEKA, KAN. — The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity supports action in the Kansas Senate today to include the pay-go provision in the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The pay-go provision only allows legislators to increase spending by way of a floor amendment if it includes a provision that reduces expenditures elsewhere.

“Americans for Prosperity-Kansas supports measures like the pay-go provision which are designed to curb excessive spending from being tacked on to appropriations bills,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “We are pleased to see the Senate take action to ensure that budget bills won’t be loaded with additional spending provisions without regard to the bottom line.”

Sontag said approving the pay-go provision assures Kansas taxpayers that their dollars are being watched carefully.

“Approving pay-go sends a message to Kansans from the Legislature that tax dollars are only being spent after careful deliberation,” he said. “Far too often, legislators are able to tack on additional spending in appropriations at the last minute, and the pay-go provision prevents that from happening.

“It just makes sense that our elected representatives be prevented from piling on spending measures during the late-night debates that occur so frequently as the session progresses.”

The Kansas House of Representatives approved a similar pay-go rule during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.