The following statement is from Attorney General Steve Six regarding Governor Mark Parkinson's budget cuts:
"The recession has put our state in a dire financial situation. Tough choices had to be made in order to balance the State's budget. However, I am disappointed by the significant cuts made to the Attorney General's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Both agencies play key roles in protecting our families, assisting consumers and preventing fraud in government programs. The money that was cut from our budget is used to fund criminal prosecutions, crime victim services, legal counsel for state agencies and much more.
"The cuts outlined by the governor are significant. The Attorney General's Office can absorb these cuts and per serve core functions due to our success in the past year recovering tax dollars for the State. After returning money to the Medicaid program and Kansas consumers, our office currently has the ability to fill the substantial hole created in our budget by these cuts. But this is not a sustainable solution to the State's budget crisis.