GOP Leaders Reach Deal on Kansas Budget Deficit

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Legislature's top two leaders
have ended an impasse on a budget-balancing bill.

Senate President Steve Morris and House Speaker Mike O'Neal resolved differences between their chambers' budget negotiators
Wednesday. The final disagreement involved funding for social
services.

The bill will provide an additional $2 million for in-home services for the disabled. The House had proposed $8 million but the Senate proposed none.

Budget negotiators took five minutes to ratify the deal after Morris, a Hugoton Republican, and O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, agreed to it.

Both chambers plan to vote Thursday on sending the bill to Gov.
Kathleen Sebelius.

The compromise measure makes $324 million in adjustments to the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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