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Incoming Kansas House Democratic Leader Talks 2015 Session

Stephen Koranda

Kansas is facing a budget deficit next fiscal year.

Lawmakers will start working soon on a way to balance the state budget.

Governor Sam Brownback has already proposed spending cuts for the current fiscal year. It involves diverting from the state highway fund and the public pension plan, known as KPERS.

When the 2015 session begins, Kansas City Democrat Tom Burroughs will become the House Minority Leader.

Burroughs replaces outgoing minority leader Paul Davis, who stepped down to run for governor.

KPR's Stephen Koranda talked with Burroughs about the upcoming legislative session and Governor Brownback's proposed spending cuts.

Lawmakers will start 2015 legislative session on January 12th.

Stephen Koranda is the managing editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public media as a reporter and editor.