Bonus For State Workers, More Officers At Topeka Jail In Tentative Budget Deal

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas legislators have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.

Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation after shaking off a dismal revenue report and a downgrading of the state's bond rating by a leading investment service.

The proposal now includes $11 million to give nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus. The budget agreement also would preserve guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.

Other items include more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections for 2015 and 14 more corrections officers at the Topeka Correctional Facility. Both chambers took procedural votes Thursday afternoon that cleared the way for an up-or-down vote Friday in each chamber.

Posted by: Nick Viviani