(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Wednesday Kansas lawmakers entered the fifth extra day of what was supposed to be a 90 day session.
With still no agreement on major issues like the budget and redistricting, the extra time is costing Kansans thousands. Factfinder 12 looked into just how much it will cost.
By state statute, Kansas is obligated to pay lawmakers for every day that they are in session. Each lawmaker gets $88.66 a day in salary and $123 a day for living expenses. For all legislators that totals more than $34,900 a day.
After 90 days are complete, lawmakers do have the option to waive their salary, expenses or both. So far this session only 24 of the 165 lawmakers have done that.
"They feel an obligation that they should get their work done in 90 days," said Jeff Russell, legislative administration director. "That's not to say they are right or wrong, that's just their particular opinion".