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Governor Brownback Tells Kansas Agencies to Study 5 Percent Budget Cut

Governor Sam Brownback speaking to reporters last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s administration is asking state agencies and universities to think about how they’d handle a 5 percent budget cut. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.

The governor's spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, says this is just a planning exercise for Kansas government agencies.
“I think it’s not at all uncommon, either in government or in private industry, for people to go through those exercises of looking to see where they can find their efficiencies,” says Hawley.
Hawley says there won’t be any budget decisions until November when then state’s revenue projections are updated.

Democratic Senator Anthony Hensley expects there will be budget cuts and he says that would likely mean tuition increases at universities and damage to state services. Hensley blames the governor's tax policies.
“It’s obvious that our financial house is in a mess and we’re continuing on this downward spiral of revenue losses,” says Hensley.
State universities have already had their budgets cuts twice so far this year.
The cuts would exempt most K-12 education funding.

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