Kansas House Approves Deficit Plan; Senate Next

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Kansas House approves a $326 million plan for eliminating a state budget deficit.

The vote Thursday was 70-51. Senators also expected to vote on the bill Thursday. Senate approval would send the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The bill emerged from negotiations between the two chambers and makes numerous adjustments in the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. A little less than half the adjustments are spending reductions, and the rest result from accounting changes and refinancing state bonds.

The measure may face trouble in the Senate because some senators think it cuts aid to public schools too much.

It reduces base aid to Kansas' 295 school districts by nearly $28 million. It also trims more than $4 million from funds for special education programs.

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