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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has roiled the debate about the state's finances by suggesting a return to two-year budgeting.
The practice has been out of fashion for more than half a century.
But Brownback was serious enough about the idea to promise last week to submit a two-year spending plan to state lawmakers when they convene next month for their 2013 session. Legislative leaders in both parties are intrigued, all but guaranteeing some discussion of his suggestion.
The conservative Republican governor is signaling his desire to jolt the state out of its short-term thinking about spending.
The state had two-year budgets for decades before it began enacting annual spending blueprints in 1956. Since then, state government has remained wedded to an annual cycle.