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Kansas Senate approves pay-go provision to help curb spending

January 16, 2013 J

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.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.8 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states.  AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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