Dems in Kansas House Want to Lessen Bill's Ed Cut

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Democrats in the Kansas House hope to lessen a proposed cut in school funding now contained in a bill balancing the state budget.

The House plans to debate that bill Wednesday. It makes $323 million in adjustments to budget for the fiscal year ending June 30.

A little less than half of the adjustments are spending cuts, including a $48 reduction in state aid to Kansas' 295 school districts.

The rest of the adjustments come from accounting changes and refinancing state bonds.

Republicans outnumber Democrats in the House, 76 to 49, but Democrats are hoping to pick up support from moderate Republicans to protect schools more.

GOP backers of the bill say that cutting aid to schools will protect social services and other areas of the budget.

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