Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A Senate committee struggles with finishing a plan to eliminate a projected $186 million deficit in the state's current budget.
The key issue for Ways and Means Committee members is how much to cut aid to public schools. It took no action Tuesday.
The committee has rewritten parts of Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' plan for eliminating the deficit. But the panel's plan still would leave a budget gap.
Committee members reviewed a proposal to cut $27 million from aid to public schools by June 30. That's about $47 per student for each district.
The governor's plan doesn't cut overall state aid. But districts' costs are rising in some areas, and her plan would force the state to redistribute some dollars by June 30.