Closing The Budget Gap

By: Jennifer Bocchieri
By: Jennifer Bocchieri

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Governor Sebelius is scrambling to find a way to close the state's budget gap.
In the next two weeks, she will unveil a new budget plan after reports predict she's running $230 million short.
Right now it's only speculation as to how Governor Sebelius will close the state's budget gap.
Former state senator Pat Ranson says Sebelius doesn't have many options. Previous program cuts have already taken a heavy toll.
Ranson says, "There's just not a lot left to cut without just getting so deep that we'll really be hurting people."
And with recent tax hikes, Ranson says if Sebelius suggests higher taxes many in the legislature won't go for it.
But Governor Sebelius says she will stand behind her committment to education. Sebelius says expanded gambling and perhaps temporary taxes could help bring in extra funds. She's keeping all other options open.
Sebelius' spokesperson says, "The governor is looking at every opportunity to try to fill this gap right now and she will continue working with the folks here to find good solutions for the folks of Kansas."
Tomorrow Governor Sebelius will begin a two-day seven city tour around the state to talk about the budget and get public input on other options.
If you're interested in sharing your thoughts about the budget, Sebelius will discuss the economy in Wichita Wednesday. It starts at 1:30pm at the Wichita State Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

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