Kansas House Advances Plan for Eliminating Deficit

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House gave tentative approval to
a $306 million plan to eliminate a state budget deficit.

Legislators spent Wednesday debating the bill, making few changes from the proposal put forth by their budget committee.

The vote was 72-46 to send the bill to final action on Thursday. The Senate has passed its own version of the budget bill, and negotiators will draft the final version.

The only significant change made Wednesday was a restoration of some $16 million in aid to public schools.

The bill makes adjustments to the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Less than half the changes are spending cuts, the rest come from accounting changes and refinancing state bonds.

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