“The Legislature delayed the budget process in anticipation of today’s estimates.  Now it’s time to make the tough choices that we knew were inevitable.  Public schools, higher education institutions, the disabled and many other Kansans who rely on essential state services cannot afford a seventh round of devastating cuts.  We must begin to look past 2011’s bottom line and consider the long-term impact of our decisions. More than ever, Democrats and Republicans need to put partisanship aside and come together to tackle this budget crisis."

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