Kansas Gov Pledges to Protect Key Services Amid Cuts

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says her budget proposals will eliminate programs and freeze government hiring but protect essential services.

In her State of the State address Monday night, Sebelius also repeated a promise not to raise taxes to wipe out a projected deficit in the current budget.

But the Democratic governor gave few details in her speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. Republicans control both chambers.

Sebelius called for ``balancing the budget with common sense.''

Legislative researchers have predicted a $186 million deficit in the state budget when the current fiscal year ends on June 30.

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