State Budget Negotiations Begin

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Negotiations are under way on the final version of the 2013 Kansas budget as legislators seek a compromise on the $14 billion spending bill.

Passage of the bill is central to lawmakers being able to end the legislative session on Friday, which is the scheduled last day.

House and Senate budget leaders met Thursday morning to discuss the first offers for reconciling the budget, which includes proposals for increasing spending for public schools and social services.

One sticking point will be how much legislators will pay for the schools and how they will find the money. Senators want to increase aid to schools by $50 million in base aid, taking the money from state general revenues. The House plan is $25 million more in funding, all coming from highway funds.

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