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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cuts In Cigarettes Programs

State budget officials expect Kansas in the next fiscal year will get between $15 million and $20 million less than this year from its ongoing legal settlement with the nation's major cheap cigarettes companies.

That reduction in state revenue could mean cuts get passed along to a variety of programs intended to benefit children.

The cigarettes online money - the state's share of a national settlement that compensate states for the costs of medical care for sick smokers - for the past several years has helped fund about 20 programs overseen by the Kansas Children's Cabinet and administered by the state's health, education and welfare departments.

The programs range from parent training and child care to newborn health screenings.

Forecasting fewer buy cigarettes dollars, state budget officials have already instructed agencies to reduce their tobacco-funded children's budgets by 20 percent for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2012.

The anticipated reduction in tobacco settlement dollars is driven by an ongoing legal dispute between the states and the tobacco companies over the so-called Master Settlement Agreement that established the formula for how much the companies would pay Kansas and 45 other states.

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