When Gov. Kathleen Sebelius took office in January 2003, officials said the state faced its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A looming shortfall was called ``a billion-dollar problem.''
As their 2009 session approaches, legislators also face a shortfall that, without quick action, could approach $1 billion by the end of June 2010.
And, some officials say, the state can't rely on some of the one-time accounting gimmicks it used in 2003 to make the budget balance in the short-term, to avoid cuts in aid to public schools and some social services.
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