Kansas Budget Talks Hit Impasse

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kansas House and Senate negotiators hit an impasse on a compromise bill to close an estimated $199 million state budget deficit.

The two sides agreed on cutting $28 million from public school funding. But they split last night on how much to add for home services for the physically and developmentally disabled.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin Yoder declared an impasse, ending the talks for the night.

Senate Ways and Means Chairman Jay Emler said he didn't plan to call negotiators back to the table today. Emler says the Senate has made its final offer.

The House started with adding $4 million for both programs and scaled back to $2 million for physically disabled only. The Senate cut that to $1 million, and the talks ended.


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