Many Americans are looking for ways to cut their spending. Maybe you've cut back on that Saturday dinner out or scaled back on your cable television package. Every dollar counts, but how would you cut $186 million?
That's the situation facing state lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse Monday. The Kansas coffers are due to fall $186 million short for the current fiscal year. The deficeit could balloon to $1 billion by 2010 if left unchecked. The budget committees of both the House and Senate plan to meet immediately, in hopes of getting money-slashing proposals ready for debate within a week.
Help them out. Share your ideas for reducing the budget. There are a lot of different opinions about what is and what isn't important, so go ahead and add to the discussion. And remember - a great resource to follow the action in the months ahead is www.kslegislature.org.