Latest Kansas Budget Plan Relies on Stimulus

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The latest proposals from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius rely on federal stimulus funds to solve Kansas' budget woes.

She's proposing to use about $909 million in federal stimulus funds to bolster the state budget. The state would avoid cutting aid to public schools and restore lost dollars to the higher education system.

But the governor isn't backing away from earlier proposals that Republicans dislike, such as suspending a plan to phase out estate and corporate income taxes.

Kansas expects to receive about $1.7 billion in federal stimulus funds in 2009 and 2010.

Sebelius proposes to plug additional Medicaid and education dollars into the budget, freeing up some state general tax revenues.

Republican leaders say they've not had enough time to digest her proposals.

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