Gov. Kelly signs budget bill that includes funding to fight Covid outbreak

Governor Laura Kelly has signed the latest budget for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal year.

The new budget includes $65 million in funding to help in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak in Kansas.

“I appreciate the bipartisan work of lawmakers to approve a budget swiftly in the midst of an unprecedented global public health pandemic,” said Kelly in a news release. “I particularly commend legislators for approving $65 million to help support our coronavirus response efforts in Kansas.”

Kelly did warn lawmakers about any additional spending measures that they may pass during the wrap up session in April.

“Practically overnight, the coronavirus pandemic caused upheaval in the stock market, shuttered businesses, disrupted supply chains, and cast uncertainty on our economic future,” Kelly said. “We’ve never experienced anything this sudden and severe in our lifetimes. As we get a handle on our new reality, I urge the Legislature to join me in showing fiscal restraint when they return for the annual wrap up session. It is critical that we act with utmost caution until we get a better sense of what the true budget implications of coronavirus will be.”