- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas House committee plans to examine vacant jobs within state government and wants to begin a long-term hunt for budget efficiencies.

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a proposed $27 million budget for the Legislature for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It includes a requirement for lawmakers to hire a consultant to examine state government and find ways to trim spending in 2016 and 2017.

The committee also directed legislative researchers to compile statistics on vacant jobs in executive branch agencies to determine whether budgets can be trimmed by eliminating them.

Legislators must close a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million for the next fiscal year. The deficit arose after lawmakers aggressively cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 to stimulate the economy.



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