Proposed $13.4 Billion Budget Passes House

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House has approved a $13.4 billion budget providing a modest increase in state spending but leaving important issues unresolved.

Democrats were critical because some big issues weren't addressed.

Three bills included parts of the proposed budget. One outlines capital improvement projects. It passed 87-35.

A second revises the existing budget. It was approved 71-51.

The third includes most of the spending for the next fiscal year. It passed 69-53.

All three went to the Senate, which is working on its own plan.

The House's proposed budget would be about $272 million more than the current budget. The increase would be 2.1 percent.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed an increase of 3.6 percent, or about $471 million.

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