Monday, February 9, 2009
House and Senate negotiators are resuming talks on a compromise bill for closing an estimated $199 million state budget deficit.
Key issues Monday included funding for education and social services and spending cuts for most other state agencies to balance the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Senate Ways and Means Chairman Jay Emler hopes to wrap up talks Monday night. Once a compromise is worked out, the two chambers will vote on whether to send it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
When negotiations began last week, the Senate proposal called for $335 million in budget adjustments, including cutting school aid by $7 million. The $306 million House plan cut school aid by $32 million.