Kansas House Panel Delays Work on Deficit Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The chairman of the House Appropriations
Committee says it won't work on a bill addressing the state's budget deficit until next week.

Rep. Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican, said Wednesday that the committee is still taking testimony about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposals.

Sebelius and legislators must close a projected $186 million deficit in the current budget, by June 30. Sebelius has proposed a grab-bag of spending cuts and accounting changes.

Work in the Senate Ways and Means Committee also has stalled. The key issue there is how much to cut aid to public schools.

Yoder said the House committee is trying to draft a plan with bipartisan support.

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