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Senate To Debate $400 Million Budget Cut

Associated Press - June 4, 2015 8:36 am

The Kansas Senate is set to debate a budget proposal that would cut roughly $400 million from state agencies, public schools and public safety programs.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said the chamber will take up the measure Thursday. It would impose a 5.9 percent across-the-board cut to all government spending except debt payments. Bruce said the final language of the proposal was still being drafted Wednesday.

Kansas initially faced a projected shortfall of about $800 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. A proposed budget passed Wednesday by the House would cut that roughly in half but would require tax increases to balance.

Republican Sen. Ty Masterson leads the Senate Ways and Means Committee and said GOP conservatives would like to see an option with more spending cut

Fred Hanson

June 4, 2015 at 10:38 am

Simple fact is if these elected officials were doing their jobs from day one there would be no reason to extend this sessions and cost the tax payers another half million to this point. If they cannot get their work done while in session then they should be mandated to stay in session without pay. Plus for lame excuses like I am on a cruise in Alaska for business or my wife was receiving an award in New Orleans is no excuse to be gone from work you should have had done.

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