GOP Leaders to Sebelius: Order Cuts Now

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The two top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature say Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius must immediately order cuts in state spending to make up for falling revenue.

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld and Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt urged Sebelius to use her executive power to go beyond asking state agencies to draft plans for 3 percent rollbacks. Schmidt questioned the governor's plan for agencies to prepare for, but not yet adopt, measures to hold down spending.

Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said the governor will begin a review next week of recommendations from Cabinet agencies of options for reducing costs. She said Sebelius hasn't ruled out formal action in the near term.

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