Kansas Lawmakers Working on Compromise Budget Bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House and Senate negotiators return to the table to work out a compromise on adjusting the state budget to eliminate a deficit.

The negotiators started Thursday night and returned Friday afternoon, with the House side presenting its latest proposal to the Senate. Negotiators said they would like to finish Friday so the compromise could be ready for a vote by the chambers early next week.

Most of the focus is on such major items as funding for public schools and social services and how big of an across-the-board cut there should be.

Legislators are trying to close an estimated $199 million deficit in the current state budget, based on revenue collections through last month.

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