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State agencies told to prepare for dramatic budget cuts — as much as 19 percent

February 10, 2009

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— State agencies are being told to prepare for deep cuts in the next fiscal year, possibly as much as 19 percent.

The message came down Tuesday from Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, as Senate subcommittees start reviewing appropriations for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

“I don’t think the public fully understands what the recession has done to us,” Emler said. “We just don’t have the money to pay anything.”

Emler distributed a memo to the budget subcommittees that called on agencies to provide information that reflects a 10 percent reduction from the cuts that already are being considered for this fiscal year.

But Emler says there is a real chance that cuts of more than 10 percent are needed, estimating that the reduction could be as much as 19 percent.

So, he has instructed agencies to prepare a second reduction list that would hit that mark.

Asked if agencies could really see a 10 percent cut, Emler said, “I think they’d better prepare for them. We hope that doesn’t happen.”

State lawmakers face a $200 million deficit this fiscal year, which could balloon to $1 billion in the next fiscal year. If the economy continues to worsen, the budget hole could deepen.

Mark Tallman, a lobbyist for the Kansas Association of School Boards, said he has told his members to prepare for a 10 percent cut.

“That’s a potential that you might have to look at,” he said.

Such a cut could lead to huge layoffs because most of the money spent by schools is on personnel, he said.

In higher education, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway was scheduled to speak today to a Senate subcommittee on the impact of a 10 percent budget cut. KU officials said they didn’t want to provide details of what such a cut would mean before Hemenway’s talk.

Comments

DeMontfort 6 years ago

Here, log:Sow for yourselves righteousness;reap steadfast love;break up your fallow ground;for it is time to seek the Lord,that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.You have plowed wickedness,you have reaped injustice,you have eaten the fruit of lies.Because you have trusted in your powerand in the multitude of your warriors,therefore the tumult of war shall rise against your people,and all your fortresses shall be destroyed. - Hosea 10:12-14

nbnozzy 6 years ago

logrithmic.... now you be sure to include the worst recession we ever had that Jimmy Carter left for Reagan and Bill Clintons recession he passed onto Bush. Your tunnel vision is getting worse....

gccs14r 6 years ago

Jimmy Carter was stuck cleaning up the mess Nixon made. Had Reagan continued with Carter's policies, we wouldn't have any debt or need any foreign oil any more.

kcsparky 6 years ago

nbnozzy - Um....Isn't Clinton the only president in recent years to actually have a BALANCED budget.Last I checked, the Bush administration has got us farther in the hole than ever before.

The_Bends 6 years ago

Breaking News...State legislators discovered a solution to the state budget deficit: eliminating all education funding. When questioned about the desirability of eliminating education funding, Democratic and Republic legislators responded, "who better to bear the costs of the economic meltdown than the young Americans. After all, young Americans will be the ones required to service the enormous national debt left by their parents and grandparents. We have therefore taken a bipartisan approach to the current budget crisis that will require the very generation that had little to do with the economic meltdown to bear its staggering costs in the form of debt service and a sub-standard education. By adopting this approach we hope to ensure that future Kansans will be too ignorant to engage in an intelligent analysis of future legislation."

windex 6 years ago

The_Bends (Anonymous) says…Breaking News…State legislators discovered a solution to the state budget deficit: eliminating all education funding.When questioned about the desirability of eliminating education funding, Democratic and Republic legislators responded, “who better to bear the costs of the economic meltdown than the young Americans. After all, young Americans will be the ones required to service the enormous national debt left by their parents and grandparents. We have therefore taken a bipartisan approach to the current budget crisis that will require the very generation that had little to do with the economic meltdown to bear its staggering costs in the form of debt service and a sub-standard education. By adopting this approach we hope to ensure that future Kansans will be too ignorant to engage in an intelligent analysis of future legislation.”Brilliant idea, Bends! Education costs a lot, which clearly means that it needs to go. That way when the next generation discusses issues critical to the survival of the human species, these uneducated, ignorant new citizens can dispense with critical thinking and simply use elegant phrases like "blah, blah, blah, 'nuff said." (So cute!) Or they can just go on the internet (if our electrical grid hasn't collapsed by then) and repeat a bunch of crap put there by people who hope to control them (by, for example, ruining any chances they might have had at a decent education in the first place) until the sheer repetition of the crap seems like truth. Or they can just pretend that the folks in charge of their future are like sports teams and rather than actually thinking about issues, they can just pick a side ("Rightwing Nutjobs" vs. the "Loony Left", for example) and throw verbal rotten tomatoes at the opposing team. Yep, the future is looking bright.

Danimal 6 years ago

Man, there are some crazy people on this board. You can point to any president in history and say that they broke the economy. It's true that both the Clinton and Carter administrations were without recessions, but the Carter administration had what were some of the worst economic policies in American history and drove inflation into double digits. I think that it's irresponsible history at best to blame Reagen for the economic problems of the '80s as they had already begun when he entered office. Further, I don't think anyone can assert that the current government is taking any better care of main street than the last. True its only been a couple of weeks, but already they are adding more to the debt than the cost of World War II (which came in at $288 billion in 1945 dollars and would be, depending on which experts you ask between 1.5-5 trillion in today's dollars).I can't imagine what our nation might be like if, once again, people were expected to make their own way in the world instead of queuing up for government handouts at the drop of a hat and expecting virtually unlimited credit from banking and lending institutions.

notajayhawk 6 years ago

gccs14r (Anonymous) says… "Jimmy Carter was stuck cleaning up the mess Nixon made. Had Reagan continued with Carter's policies, we wouldn't have any debt or need any foreign oil any more."Get back on your Aricept, gcc. Really. Seek professional help. (But thanks all the same for the chuckle.)

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

You're doing a heck of job, Barry!

rusty2 6 years ago

chicken little unfortunately the collapse is only about 1/2 overwhy don't they go ahead and tell us that 20% more will be cut beforeJuly 1st.happy birthday America.8 years of George Bush - now comes the bill for a trillion dollar warand an irresponsible Bush/Cheney.

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