Senators looking to cut $625 million in 2010 Kansas budget

TOPEKA | Some top Kansas legislators have set a goal of slashing spending by $625 million in the next state budget.

The cuts would represent 10 percent of the spending financed with general tax revenues.

The push for them is coming from leaders of the Republican majority in the Senate. Legislators and Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius must avoid a deficit in the budget for the state's 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Leaders of the House's GOP majority haven't been as specific about their plans but agree that deep cuts will be necessary.

Democratic leaders are resisting the idea. Sebelius already has proposed some accounting changes and tax policies to lessen the pain for public schools, social services and other state programs.