Fiscal Cliff’s Possible Cuts Worry Lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Two leaders in the Kansas Legislature worry about how the state’s budget would be affected by spending cuts tied to the federal government’s so-called fiscal cliff.

House Minority Leader and Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis said Thursday he fears the cuts would have a profound effect on social services and highway projects.

Congress and President Barack Obama are trying to work out a deal by the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff. If they can’t, taxes are set to increase automatically, and spending cuts will be triggered.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader and Hutchinson Republican Terry Bruce said he’s concerned about specific programs, such as nutrition services for senior citizens.

Bruce said the state’s most vulnerable citizens could be at risk of having services curtailed.