GOP Leader: Kansas Governor Should Seek Deeper Cuts

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt says Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should seek deeper cuts in the current state budget.

Sebelius already has ordered state agencies to make plans to cut spending by 2 percent. But Schmidt says even more trimming is needed.

A financial forecast issued Tuesday said state government will have a $137 million budget deficit next June.

The state is prohibited by its constitution from running a deficit, requiring adjustments before then.

But lawmakers don't reconvene until January. Sebelius has the power under Kansas law to order cuts.

Schmidt says it will be less painful to do the cutting now.

Sebelius was expected to discuss the budget during a Wednesday
news conference.

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