WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- When the state Legislature convenes today, lawmakers will begin making budget cuts.
That from Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, who says the cuts will be painful but necessary because the state Constitution requires a balanced budget.
He spoke over the weekend at the Americans For Prosperity-Kansas summit in Wichita.
Americans For Prosperity is a national grassroots organization that advocates lower taxes and limited government.
State revenue estimators have projected a budget shortfall of nearly $190 million for the current fiscal year, growing to $1 billion for the 2010 budget.
O'Neal says "everything's on the table" for cuts, including education. He hopes to have a bill that calls for reductions ready by February first.