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Kansas governor to unveil budget, deliver State of State

 TOPEKA — Gov. Mark Parkinson unveils his plan to fix the Kansas budget and delivers his State of the State address today as the 2010 legislative session begins.

The work starts at 2 p.m. when the House and Senate convene. Parkinson, a Democrat, will deliver the State of the State address at 7 p.m. Kansas Public Television will broadcast the speech live.

Unlike previous sessions that featured spirited clashes over gay marriage, abortion or gambling, the 2010 session is shaping up to be one for the bean counters as lawmakers dig for dollars.

Lawmakers last year cut nearly $1 billion in spending, but it wasn't enough to offset continued declines in state revenue. Now they must close a budget deficit of more than $300 million, and there are two ways to do it: new cuts or new taxes.