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Kansas Governor Unveils Plan to Close Budget Gap

Associated Press - December 9, 2014 11:22 am

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has outlined a plan for closing a shortfall in the current Kansas budget that includes making some cuts and diverting funds for highways and public pensions.

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan outlined the proposal Tuesday in interviews with reporters. The plan avoids cutting aid to public schools and the state’s Medicaid program for the needy.

The governor can make some spending cuts himself but needs the Legislature’s approval for some parts of his plan.

Those parts include diverting nearly $96 million in funds for highway projects to general government programs.

The plan would eliminate a projected $279 million shortfall in the budget for the fiscal year that began in July. The state still would face a $436 million shortfall for the next fiscal year.

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