GOP Leaders in KS Senate Criticize Budget Plan
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two GOP leaders in the Kansas Senate are criticizing Republican Governor Sam Brownback's plan for eliminating a projected $279 million shortfall in the current state budget. Brownback's plan would trim spending and divert funds for public pensions to general government programs. His administration unveiled it Tuesday. Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita said the governor is picking winners and losers by being selective in cutting. She said she prefers to see the burden of closing the budget shortfall spread evenly. Senate Vice President Jeff King of Independence criticized the plan for diverting $41 million in contributions to the state pension system. King is chairman of the Senate pensions committee. King said the plan threatens to undo gains made in recent years to improve the pension system's long-term financial health.