Both Kansas Budget Panels Hope For Fast Start

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Both the House and Senate budget-writing committees are planning to get started quickly on making cuts quickly.

Legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius must eliminate a projected deficit in the budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Legislative researchers are projecting the shortfall at $186 million.

The House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees plan to meet at least three days, starting Tuesday, to draft legislation to revise the current budget. Both are hoping to have their measures finished by the end of the week.

The Legislature's annual session opens Monday, and Sebelius will give her State of the State address at 7 p.m. Monday. She'll outline her budget proposals the next morning.

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