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From The Salina Journal

”I think people had this great fear of these massive cuts and layoffs and program reductions and service reductions. I think they’ll find that this is really not that big of a deal.”

— Kansas Budget Director Shawn Sullivan

Sullivan made the above comment Thursday as he announced a $63 million, robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul fund-shift to shore up the state’s 2016 budget. And he’s right. This wasn’t particularly painful.

But there also was no realistic, structural change in the budget that will allow the state to avoid this again when the Legislature cranks up again in January.

Even if the state hits its revenue numbers, and that’s been a problem of late, it still will face a budget shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars.

On Thursday, Sullivan announced that the state was tapping the Kansas Department of Transportation for another $8 million. Other contributors to the bailout were $18 million in federal money that was meant to go to health care coverage for children, and $9 million from unused funds being swept from state agencies.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback told The Associated Press that it’s all about efficiency.

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