Leaders Talk About Kan. Budget Accord

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Legislature's top two leaders are meeting to find a way to restart talks on closing a $199 million budget deficit.

Senate President Steve Morris and House Speaker Mike O'Neal said Tuesday they are optimistic that an agreement can be reached on the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Talks reached an impasse Monday night after negotiators couldn't agree on how much additional money should go for in-home services for the physically and developmentally disabled.

They reached tentative agreement on the other major issues. Those included school funding, cuts to state agencies and payments to local governments to offset losses due to a business machinery and equipment tax cut.

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