Archive for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Governor plans Tuesday afternoon press conference; will call finance council meeting for 2 p.m. Wednesday

February 17, 2009

— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has called for a State Finance Council meeting in an attempt to avert a financial crisis that has already halted income tax refunds and could jeopardize state employee paychecks and health and education payments.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday. Sebelius will meet the media at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday, Sebelius called for $225 million in certificates of indebtedness — internal government borrowing — to tide the state over during a low cash-flow period and pay employees, Medicaid services, income tax refunds, school finance and other debts.

Republican legislative leaders, however, refused to agree, saying that Sebelius needed first either to sign into law a budget-cutting bill that they supported or make other budget cuts.

More than 55,000 state employees are waiting to find out whether the government will be able to cover their paychecks on Friday.

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