Kansas Legislative Leaders to Cut Spending

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislative leaders are tightening their own belts in effort to shore up state revenues for the current fiscal years.

The Legislative Coordinating Council is ordering a 2 percent cut in spending, or about $600,000. The cuts will come from travel, printing and postage and hirings. Leaders also will limit the number of interim committees that will meet before the 2009 session begins in January.

“We knew early last session our state faced a downturn in its economy," House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said in a statment. "In spite of the Legislature’s hard work to limit new
spending, recent revenue reports show bigger decreases than expected and we need to do more to keep our state’s budget in line.”

"We have been disappointed with revenues since last consensus estimate," Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said in a statement. "It is important to be prudent with our plans. All branches of state government need to respond to this financial crunch, and the Legislature will certainly do its part."

The cuts come after Governor Sebelius asked state agencies last month to trim their spending by up to 2 percent.

Reductions were prompted after Kansas ended its 2008 fiscal year on June 30 collecting just under $5.78 billion in general tax revenues. A financial forecast predicted in April that tax collections would be 5.84 billion dollars.

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