Kansas Legislators Begin Budget Talks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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State agencies are painting a picture of significant cuts to programs and services as Kansas faces a looming budget deficit for the next fiscal year.

Legislators held a joint session of their budget committees on Monday, hearing from state agencies about ways they are cutting back their spending. The state is facing a budget deficit of $141 million in the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2009. That figure is projected to grow to more than $1 billion by June 30, 2010.

Agencies said they would create waiting lists for some social services, close minimum-security prisons and reduce support for public health care.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has told agencies to trim 3% from their 2009 budgets. Legislators convene their 2009 session on Jan. 12.

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