Kansas Senate Passes Deficit Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Kansas Senate passes a bill for eliminating a state budget deficit.

The measure was approved on a 25-14 vote today. It went to the House, where it's already attracting bipartisan support.

The bill makes adjustments of $335 million in the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

A little more than half of those adjustments come from refinancing bonds and making accounting changes.

There are some cuts in school funding and social services, but leaders of the Senate's Republican majority had wanted deeper reductions.

Instead, Democrats and some Republicans, including conservatives, prevailed.

Schools would lose $7 million in aid instead of the $99 million Senate GOP leaders had proposed.

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