UPDATE: Kansas Senate adopts budget bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas senators have approved a budget that completes spending for state agencies for 2015, including bonuses for state workers and funds to shrink a waiting list of disabled people needing health services.

The Senate's 22-18 vote Friday sends the bill to the House, which was to vote later in the day.

The bill also includes more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections for the fiscal year starting July 1.

It's the last major spending bill standing between legislators and adjournment of the 2014 session.

Negotiators finished the bill Thursday, shaking off the previous day's report that Kansas collected $92 million less in taxes than expected in April. Republicans blamed changes in the federal tax code. Democrats argued the budget bill is irresponsible and unsustainable.


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Kansas legislators are preparing to take final action on a budget bill that includes raises for state workers and funds to shrink a waiting list of disabled people needing health services.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Friday morning on the bill, which also includes more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Senate passage would send the bill to the House. It's the last major spending bill standing between legislators and adjournment of the 2014 session.

Negotiators finished the bill Thursday, shaking off the previous day's report that Kansas collected $92 million less in taxes than expected in April. Republicans blamed changes in the federal tax code.


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Kansas legislators have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.

Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation after shaking off a dismal revenue report and a downgrading of the state's bond rating by a leading investment service.

The proposal now includes $11 million to give nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus. The budget agreement also would preserve guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.

Other items include more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections for 2015 and 14 more corrections officers at the Topeka Correctional Facility. Both chambers took procedural votes Thursday afternoon that cleared the way for an up-or-down vote Friday in each chamber.


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