Small Kansas budget cuts create shortages

TOPEKA | While most talk about reducing Kansas government spending has been about millions of dollars to programs, there are smaller, yet noticeable cuts that will affect the public.

For example, some district court clerks will have reduced hours, and grass cutting at some state parks will be less frequent. Even state health officials will forgo their annual presence at the Kansas State Fair.

When legislators worked through the $13 billion budget to finance state government after July 1, most focus was on the 3.6 percent cut from the current budget year. Gov. Mark Parkinson says he may have to make additional cuts if revenues continue to be below expectations.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin Yoder said he believes people will understand the need for cutbacks, large and small.