Kansas Governor Sees Hope for Budget in Stimulus Money

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says federal stimulus
dollars will lessen Kansans' budget pain.

Sebelius said Tuesday that she and other governors were pleased that states are receiving the first round of stimulus funds this week. It's additional Medicaid dollars.

The state expects to receive almost $72 million that will be used for expenses already in its budget, freeing up general tax revenues.

The state expects to receive a total of $440 million in additional Medicaid dollars in 2009 and 2010.

Sebelius said there's also hope that some of the education funds in the stimulus package will help the budget.

Kansas expects to receive about $1.7 billion in stimulus funds.

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