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State Republicans now looking to cut $300 million from current budget

January 22, 2009

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Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate say they’re now looking to cut $300 million from the current state budget.

Legislative researchers are projecting a deficit of $186 million and that gap must be closed by June 30. That figure is based on revenue collections through December.

But Senate GOP leaders expect revenues to continue to fall short of expectations, meaning the projected deficit would grow.

Senate GOP leaders announced their new target during a Thursday morning caucus meeting. There were no objections from the Republican senators present.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt said there’s not yet a consensus on how to eliminate the deficit. The Senate Ways and Means Committee is working on a bill.

Comments

frank mcguinness 5 years, 10 months ago

Great, The repubs say cut 300Mil But have no consensus on how to do it. Whats new?

gccs14r 5 years, 10 months ago

They're trying to figure out how to cut services to people who need them while still fattening the wallets of their corporate benefactors.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 10 months ago

We want to cut $300 million in spending for an annual budget with 5 months remaining in the year!We want most of it to come from K-12 education, cutting from budgets with essentially 4 months remaining!We want to achieve this by waving our hands and saying, "This money is no longer here!"We are smarter than everybody else!

flux 5 years, 10 months ago

Lets start by eliminating those thousand doillar lunch and bar tabs our higher ups stick us with.......often!

igby 5 years, 10 months ago

No jobs!No money to make jobs!We don't need no education!Because all the heathen uneducated nations have your job now thanks to NAFTA.Why spend more money on education when you won't have a job waiting for you.All you needed to know is how to count to 10 in American. Lol.

Janet Cinelli 5 years, 10 months ago

igby: and sign your name so you can get a credit card you can't afford to pay back.

1029 5 years, 10 months ago

Cutting education spending would be the way to go. It is a double bonus. Not only will spending be cut, but by cutting education you hopefully increase the likelihood of more kids growing up to be republicans. The less kids growing up to be intellectual liberals, the better.

Bruce Bertsch 5 years, 10 months ago

One teensy problem with cutting education...the Kansas Constitution. Remember the court case? If they cut funding, the state will have once again violated the constitution.The better method is to allow the state to issue bonds to cover the deficits and allow the economy to recover.

KS 5 years, 10 months ago

The answer is simple. Do it the way BO the Surrender-in-Chief says to do it. Just borrow more and more and more and spend our way out of this. The new number is only between $3-4 TRILLION! Can you count those zeros? Can anyone spell expatriot?

ockhamsrazor 5 years, 10 months ago

This isn't all a bad economy. It's bad tax policy.The GOP has coupled Kansas Tax rates to federal rates. When the Bush tax cuts went into effect it led to declining Kansas revenues. Business has received a windfall tax break of $87 million that they didn't even ask for.We pay taxes. Businesses get the tax break. Now were short and the average Joe takes it on the chin. Robin Hood in reverse.

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