The Ways and Means Committee spent six hours yesterday rewriting Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' budget plan.
The bill must close a projected $186 million shortfall by June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. But the committee fell $32 million short of the goal.
The reasons were departures they made from the Democratic governor's mix of targeted spending cuts and accounting changes. The committee has a 10-3 Republican majority, but the GOP members were split over what to do.
One key remaining issue is whether the state cuts aid to public schools in the current budget, something Sebelius sought to avoid.