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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will unveil $50 million in state budget cuts this week. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, those cuts are required as part of a bill passed in the Legislature this year.

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Gov. Sam Brownback expects to outline spending cuts next week to help prevent Kansas from having a deficit within the next year, his top spokeswoman said Friday, as his office announced expanded duties for his top budget adviser.

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Sedgwick County has released its proposed budget for 2016, and it includes drastic cuts to many county services.

 

Numerous county agencies and county-supported organizations were aware that funding cuts were coming, but didn’t know how severe they’d be.

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The White House says a U.S. House budget bill would hurt Kansas, but the state's Congressional members say the president's proposals are worse.

The statement from President Obama's administration details the effects federal spending legislation in the House could have on Kansas programs, parks and agencies.

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The Kansas House decided not to take up a tax bill yesterday that was sent to them by the state Senate. Lawmakers return for day 110 of the legislative session today, and the only item left on their plate is balancing the budget. KPR's Stephen Koranda reports.

Both chambers in the Kansas Legislature have now approved the budget, but the bill needs around $400 million in tax increases, or budget cuts, to be balanced. The Senate passed a tax plan on Sunday.

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With only hours remaining before furloughs started, Kansas lawmakers approved a bill that prevents state workers from being taken off the job. Governor Sam Brownback has signed the bill and says all state employees should report to work as usual.

While financial pressures still exist in state government, the bill deems all state employees “essential” and exempt from being furloughed. That designation only lasts through the end of the legislative session.

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Aggressive messages from top aides to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the prospect of furloughs for state workers still couldn't push a new plan from GOP leaders for raising taxes to close a budget shortfall through the state Senate early Monday morning.

The Kansas House had been planning to debate a tax bill Thursday, but dissatisfied members of the chamber were able to stop the debate before it even started. The bill failed to get the two-thirds vote needed to be brought up for debate. It appears conservative Republicans and a small number of Democrats were able to block the discussion.

House Republican Majority Leader Jene Vickrey says the bill will be back on the agenda Friday.

 

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The House Tax Committee is considering a plan to raise the sales tax in Kansas to help fill a budget hole. During a hearing on Wednesday, no one spoke in favor of the plan and only one person signed up to speak against the bill. The Kansas Policy Institute opposes the tax increase and says lawmakers should instead consider more budget cuts.

The committee’s chairman, Republican Marvin Kleeb, says raising the state sales tax from 6.15 to 6.5 percent would provide a quicker infusion of cash.

The state legislature's non-partisan research staff released its projections for the state budget on Thrusday.

The projections found that Governor Sam Brownback's plan for eliminating the $279 million dollar hole in the state budget is pushing most of the problem into the state's next fiscal year.

Governor Brownback's plan relies heavily on diverting revenues from other funds to help finance general government programs.

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