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Parkinson to announce budget balancing plan today

TOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson is expected to announce more cuts to the state's already-scaled back budget this morning.

Initial Department of Revenue numbers released Tuesday showed the Kansas wrapping up the 2009 budget year $126 million short of expected tax revenues. The new fiscal year started Wednesday.

Parkinson, who had told the Legislature in May he would take responsibility for cuts to this year's budget, has the authority to make cuts where he sees fit.

The governor, a Democrat, is scheduled to discuss his plan to balance the budget at 11 a.m.