Sebelius Wants Key Budget Issues Reviewed Later

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius hopes passage of a compromise budget won't end the debate over education funding or tax issues this year.

Sebelius was less critical Friday than she has been of legislators for considering a modest cut in state aid to public schools for the state's 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

And she's pleased that House and Senate negotiators backed off cuts in higher education budgets.

Those negotiators have drafted a $13 billion spending plan for fiscal 2010 that relies on federal stimulus dollars to prevent a deficit.

Democratic legislative leaders appeared resigned to cuts in base state aid and special education funds of about $25 million, or 0.7 percent of all K-12 funding.

Legislative leaders expect votes on the compromise budget in both chambers next week.

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