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Kansas Senator Proposes Additional State Budget Cuts

Senator Ty Masterson speaking to reporters earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The lead budget writer in the Kansas Senate has proposed creating a new budget option for lawmakers that includes additional spending cuts. Republican Senator Ty Masterson has proposed a new budget plan with an additional 6 percent cut to virtually all of state government.
Lawmakers are now 13 days into overtime. The Senate has failed to pass tax increases to close a budget gap for the fiscal year that's about to begin, so Masterson says it's time to put some budget-cutting options on the table.

“We have to make it match; we have to have our ends meet. If we can’t accomplish it in one direction, we have to go the other,” says Masterson.

The budget agreement already reached by a House and Senate conference committee includes spending cuts but spares K-12 schools from additional reductions.

The new plan with an additional 6 percent cut would impact everything in state government except debt payments, and would eliminate the state’s budget deficit at the expense of state services.

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