Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Kansas legislators have given final approval to a proposed state budget for each of the next two years despite criticism of cuts in spending.
The Senate passed a bill containing the spending plans for state government on a 21-15 vote early Sunday morning. The House approved the measure, 63-51. It emerged from negotiations between the two chambers.
The bill sets a budget of $14.5 billion for the next fiscal year, an increase of 1.5 percent. However, the budget for the fiscal year beginning in July 2014 would be $14.2 billion.
Some lawmakers objected to cuts for prisons and higher education. Also, some legislators want to delay having long-term, in-home services for the developmentally disabled administered by private health insurance companies, as other medical services for the needy are now.