Kansas Democrats Worry About Future Budget Cuts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Democratic leaders of the Kansas House and Senate are renewing concerns about the effects of new cuts in state income taxes.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has asked agencies to cut 10 percent of their spending in their budget requests for the fiscal year that starts next July.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Davis said Friday they're concerned those cuts will be just the start. They said essential services, including public schools, will face cuts while the state relies more on property and sales taxes.

Brownback's spokeswoman, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, says agencies are being asked to prepare for several contingencies, including reduced federal spending.

She says the state will have a better picture of spending issues when new revenue projections are released in November.

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