Kansas Senate approves school funding plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

The Kansas Senate has approved Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to boost funding for public schools.

   The vote Thursday in the Republican-controlled Senate was 32-8 and sent the measure to the House.

   Kelly's plan would increase education funding by roughly $90 million a year. Many Republicans backed the bill even though their leaders believe it will be a financial stretch for the state.

   The measure is designed to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court order last year requiring legislators to increase the state's education funding, currently more than $4 billion a year.

   The Senate also expected to vote Thursday evening on whether to send a tax bill to Kelly. The measure is designed to prevent individuals and businesses from paying more state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws.

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