A solemn Governor Graves today announced $78 million more in immediate spending cuts to the Kansas budget and the lame-duck Republican leader identified other savings to wipe out most of the state's 310 million-dollar shortfall for fiscal 2003.
The cuts are in addition to the 41 million dollars Graves made in August, to the state's $4.4 billion budget. The object is to the Sunflower State Kansas from ending fiscal 2003 on June 30th with a deficit.
Graves said did not cut any money from schools, as educators across the state had feared. Education claims about half of the state's annual budget.
Today's cuts are expected to be the last time Graves addresses the budget. His term ends Jan. 13, when Democrat Kathleen Sebelius takes office.
Here's a breakdown of the cuts:
KAKE News had a crew at the Governor's news conference. Watch for live reports on KAKE News at 5 & 6.