Analysis: Woes Could Force Kansas Factions Closer

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ It's not hard to see signs at the Statehouse of a looming clash over the state's budget deficit.

GOP leaders continue to argue that across-the-board spending cuts are the quickest and best way to deal with the state's financial problems in the short-term.

Meanwhile, Democrats argue that such cuts are thoughtless and likely to inflict damage on schools and social services when it can be avoided.

The argument seemed to sap the sense of urgency out of the Legislature during the first two weeks of its 2009 session.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and legislators must close a projected $186 million deficit by June 30, yet no bill has emerged from committee in either house.

But many legislators sense that the state's finances haven't hit bottom and the size of the projected deficit probably will grow.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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