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Anthony Hensley

Budget woes force Kansas to delay road work, cut colleges

Kansas plans to delay major highway projects and cut additional spending at state universities, a top aide to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday, after a new pessimistic fiscal forecast blew a hole in the state's budget.

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan also outlined a proposal from the GOP governor to sell off the rights to some the state's funds from a national legal settlement with tobacco companies in the 1990s. The annual payments would back bonds giving Kansas a one-time infusion of about $158 million.

Sullivan presented two alternatives to the tobacco-money proposal for lawmakers to consider. One would delay $99 million in contributions to public employee...

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