Kansas lawmakers approved a basic budget this week before heading home to await whatever the coronavirus has in store for the state and their communities.
They’re hoping to reconvene in late April to wrap up their work for the year. But they left knowing they might not have an opportunity to resolve their differences on several big issues, including Medicaid expansion and a constitutional amendment on abortion.
On their way out of town, some Republican lawmakers questioned whether Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly was properly using her authority to respond to the coronavirus emergency. Citing her decision to close schools for the remainder of the academic year, they accused her of overreacting.
In this week's podcast, Kelly defends her actions in an interview with host Jim McLean.