Governor Orders Deeper Cuts; GOP Leader Questions Need for More

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

Sebelius already had ordered state agencies to make plans to cut
spending by 2 percent. Wednesday, she upped that to three-percent. She did exempt public schools and social services.

But Schmidt says even more trimming is needed.

A financial forecast issued yesterday 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.