House Budget Chair Plans To Roll Back Governor's Budget Flexibility

State agencies and Gov. Jay Nixon would no longer be able to spend money outside the normal budget process if a top budget official is successful in eliminating the General Assembly’s practice of granting that power.

Budget Chair Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, has said he plans on eliminating the General Assembly’s practice of placing a “1E” on specific budget line items, which allows the governor and other state agencies to spend an unspecified amount of money on particular budget lines.

“It is unlikely there will be ‘1E’ anywhere in this state’s budget,” Silvey said.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering said she had some major concerns regarding Silvey’s plan to eliminate the “1E” from the state budget. Her top concern focused on disaster relief, the same topic that has led to the proposed change.

“If that ‘1E’ goes away and they don’t put a very large number to replace it, we would be in jeopardy of not having the budgetary authority to do what we need to do to help communities recover,” Luebbering said.