Kansas Gov Seeks For New Fed Stimulus to Help States

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius lobbies Kansas' congressional delegation for a new stimulus package to help states deal with their financial problems.

Legislative researchers project that Kansas will end its 2009 fiscal year on June 30 with a $141 million budget deficit.

They say if the state's problems aren't addressed, the shortfall would grow to $1.02 billion by the end of fiscal 2010.

Sebelius wrote the state's congressional delegation Friday. She said Congress should pass a new stimulus package with additional Medicaid and highway funds.

And, she said, Congress should consider bolstering troubled automakers, noting they employ 3,000 Kansans.

The outgoing Congress still has a lame-duck session beginning next week.

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