Kansas Ethics Panel Gets a 9% Haircut

(AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to cut the budget of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by 9.3 percent.

The commission’s executive director, Carol Williams, says the $65,000 cut would prevent the agency from doing random, in-depth audits of candidates or political groups.

Williams said Friday the commission has held one of its two auditing positions vacant for more than a year, anticipating that its budget could decrease.

Brownback is proposing to reduce the commission’s budget to about $632,000 in the fiscal year that starts July 1. His recommendation would cost the agency a full-time employee, leaving it with seven full-time and two part-time staffers.

Brownback told reporters the state faces a tough budget environment.

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