Kan. Senate Panel Endorses Budget with No Ed Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a state budget proposal that avoids cuts in public school aid and uses federal stimulus dollars to stay balanced.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 13-0 on Thursday night for a bill containing the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Senate expects to debate it Tuesday.

The budget adopted by the Ways and Means Committee contains some of the key recommendations from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The Republican-controlled committee accepted the Democratic governor's proposals to use $585 million in federal stimulus funds to help avoid a deficit. That plan allows the state to avoid cutting its $3.78 billion in annual aid to Kansas' 295 school districts.

But the committee also differed with Sebelius on some points.

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

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