By Kim Hynes (TOPEKA, Kan.)
Governor Mark Parkinson announces his ideas on how to balance the 2010 budget. He says there's an $106 million shortfall they need to fill.
He wants to fill most of that gap through roads, seat belt laws and KPERS. He proposes canceling scheduled highway maintenance through the rest of the year. That would be a $28 million savings this fiscal year and another $59 million in the future. He says these projects should not cause any harm to the public.
He also wants lawmakers to pass a primary seat belt law. If that happens, Kansas will receive $11 million in federal dollars.