State of the State Delivered Monday Night

By: AP, 13 News
By: AP, 13 News

TOPEKA - Governor Kathleen Sebelius says her budget proposals will eliminate programs and freeze government hiring but protect essential services.

In her State of the State address Monday night, Sebelius also
repeated a promise not to raise taxes to wipe out a projected
deficit in the current budget.

But the Democratic governor gave few details in her speech to a
joint session of the House and Senate. Republicans control both
chambers.

Sebelius called for ``balancing the budget with common sense.''

Legislative researchers have predicted a $186 million deficit in
the state budget when the current fiscal year ends on June 30.

In what was delivered as a Republican overview, Senate President Steve Morris agreed that Kansans should not be subjected to new taxes. He said two large budget items that will have to be on the table for cuts this session are Medicare and K-12 education funding.


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