House Votes to Sqirrel Away Funds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House passes a bill to squirrel away unanticipated state revenues in a special budget stabilization fund.

The 89-33 vote sent the measure to the Senate.

Some legislators complain that the state doesn't prepare for bad economic times when revenues fall short of expectations.

Legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius face a projected $682 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and they appear likely to rely heavily on federal stimulus funds.

The governor and legislators are supposed to see that each annual budget leaves cash reserves equal to 7.5 percent of spending. But the rule is often violated in bad times.

Under the bill, if revenues exceed expectations and the state already has enough cash reserves, the money would go into the special fund.

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