TOPEKA – A fifth round of cuts to state agency budgets hit highway maintenance funds and education hard.
Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, on Monday announced a fifth set of cuts to the current budget, which began July 1.
Every state agency has had money cut, he said.
At the beginning of the month, the Revenue Estimating Committee released its revised budget numbers, which showed the state needed to cut about $260 million from the state budget. That figure assumed the state would not pay additional money to kindergarten through 12th grade to make up for increased costs from enrollment growth and more students receiving free and reduced lunches.
The cuts fulfill Parkinson’s promise that lawmakers would have a balanced budget when they return to Topeka in January.
Below is the governor’s press release detailing the newest cuts.