UPDATE: Kansas House panel approves budget bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has approved a budget bill that includes Gov. Sam Brownback's request for additional funds for social services.

Wednesday's vote by the House Appropriations Committee sends the measure to the full chamber for debate. The Senate has already approved its version of the budget.

The House panel met to review revenue forecasts and to discuss budget issues for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the year that starts July 1. Legislative staff briefed the committee on revenue projections that were revised upward by $177 million earlier in April.

Brownback is seeking $5 million in new funding to reduce the number of disabled residents waiting for health care services. The money would come from savings in the KanCare Medicaid system for the poor, elderly and disabled.


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Kansas legislators working on finishing the state budget are hearing better revenue projections for the next 18 months.

House Appropriations Committee members met Wednesday to work on a budget bill that would cover spending for the current year and in 2015, including more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections. Overall state revenues were revised upward by $177 million earlier in April.

Much of the spending for the next two years was addressed when legislators recessed April 6.

Gov. Sam Brownback has already signed a $129 million education bill to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court decision on state aid to school districts. A lower court is scheduled to review the bill July 11 to determine if it complies with the high court's ruling.


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Kansas legislators are returning to the Statehouse to resume their 2014 session and complete work on remaining issues, including tidying up spending for the next fiscal year.

The House and Senate were to convene Wednesday morning with light agendas. The House Appropriations was scheduled to discuss spending for several state agencies, including more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections.

Much of the spending required for the budget year that starts July 1 was addressed before legislators broke for their three-week recess.

Gov. Sam Brownback has already signed a $129 million education bill to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court decision on state aid to school districts. A lower court is scheduled to review the bill July 11 to determine if it complies with the high court's ruling.


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