With all due respect to state lawmakers: Are they nuts? The state is facing a budget emergency bad enough to necessitate a 10 percent cut in Medicaid, 3,700 public school job cuts, and the closing of two prison units and 18 Kansas National Guard armories, among other recent reductions. Yet the Senate Ways and Means Committee this week rejected Gov. Mark Parkinson's recommended $2.2 million cut for the Legislature, opting for a $1.1 million cut instead; that proposal now heads to the full Senate. Meanwhile, the Legislature's GOP leadership delayed its much-touted plan to cut the legislative budget via 10 unpaid furlough days, blaming technical issues. As state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said about the resistance to the governor's legislative budget cut: "If we are in a hole, do we want to keep digging?"