Governor Proposes Cut in Ethics Commission Budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (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.