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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Gov. Sam Brownback's administration already has developed talking points to deflect anticipated criticism of the newly enacted massive income tax cuts should Kansas face significant budget problems next year.
Critics said their fears about the aggressiveness of the cuts were confirmed by the conservative Republican governor's budget director in July, when he told state agencies to draft proposals for slicing up to 10 percent of their spending.
Brownback and his allies argue that the tax cuts will stimulate economic activity, generating new tax revenues to more than offset what the state gives up.
The administration is fashioning a narrative that suggests budget cuts may be necessary because the nation's economy may remain stagnant. Europe's financial crisis also looms as a potential threat.