The state of Kansas has been forced to cut state budgets repeatedly this year because of shortfalls in revenue due to the recession.


The state of Kansas has been forced to cut state budgets repeatedly this year because of shortfalls in revenue due to the recession.

All state funded programs have been hit, including education, courts and support to programs for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

The Legislature cut $1.4 million from the Newton school districtís budget for the 2009-10 school year. The district failed to receive another $615,000 in state funding for increased enrollment and additional help for at-risk students. The governor rescinded an additional $300,000 in funding for 2009-10 prior to the Legislature returning in January.

The Legislature cut $15.9 million in funding from the state court systems.

The Supreme Court ordered cuts in part-time employees, a $10 temporary surcharge on most cases, applied for a $831,000 federal stimulus grant, eliminated using retired judges to hear cases, extended a hiring freeze and instituted early closing hours for most judicial districts.

If the Legislature does not reinstate $8 million in funding for the courts, district court offices, including the Harvey County District Court, will face furloughs for five weeks and two days between February and June of next year.

State funding for mental health services has been cut 65 percent.

The Harvey/Marion County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization has its funding cut, and the waiting list for people with disabilities to receive state support continues to grow as no additional funds are available.

Medicaid reimbursements for care for these individuals also will be cut by 10 percent in 2010.