TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Senators were debating their version of the state's budget for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday afternoon.
The bill outlines how the state government will spend about $13.4 billion. That's about $200 million less than proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The House already has approved its own proposed budget, also about $13.4 billion.
The final spending plan will be drafted by negotiators for the two chambers.
But that still won't be the last word. Legislators will consider another budget bill wrapping up spending issues just before adjourning in early May.
The budget from the Senate Ways and Means Committee proposes an
overall spending increase of 2.5 percent, or about $325 million.
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