Budget Cuts To Be Unveiled This Afternoon

Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director is preparing to outline $50 million in adjustments aimed at keeping Kansas from having a deficit.

Budget director Shawn Sullivan’s news conference was Thursday afternoon at the Statehouse.

The governor’s office said beforehand that Sullivan would discuss recommendations for reducing costs and shifting funds within state government to cover general expenses. It was not more specific.

Brownback was not attending the news conference because he was meeting with Wichita business owners.

GOP legislators counted on Brownback’s administration making adjustments under a plan to balance the state’s $15.4 billion budget. The plan approved also increased sales and cigarette taxes this month.

The state’s budget problems arose after lawmakers cut income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging to stimulate the economy.