Kansas' Deficit Plan Has Bipartisan Support

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A budget-balancing plan drafted in the Kansas Senate is attracting bipartisan support in the House.

Democrats like the plan because it contains smaller cuts in education and social services than the Senate's Republican leaders had proposed. Some Republicans in the House said Thursday that they like those features, too.

The House Appropriations Committee began reviewing the Senate plan even before senators took a final vote on it Thursday.

The plan makes $335 million in adjustments to the budget before the current fiscal year ends on June 30.

A little less than half of the changes involve spending cuts. The rest involve refinancing bonds and accounting changes.

The plan emerged from a 10-hour debate in the Senate on Wednesday.

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