DALLAS - Kansas government may shut down by the end of the week after Republican leaders in the Legislature blocked an attempt by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to borrow $225 million from several funds to cover the state's payroll and issue tax refunds.

The refusal to approve the governor's request for the short-term certificate of indebtedness endangers the government's ability to meet a $24 million payroll for more than 42,000 state employees by Friday.

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