Kan. Senate Puts Off Budget Debate; Deal Hinted

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate has canceled a debate on spending cuts and revenue-raising measures so members can try to come up with a compromise to balance Kansas' next budget.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt announced that various groups appear close to striking a deal on a budget-balancing bill. Schmidt, an Independence Republican, sets the chamber's calendar and postponed the debate until Tuesday.

He made the announcement just minutes before the Senate was to begin debating a bill that included $127 million in cuts in the $13 billion budget legislators already have approved for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It also would increase revenues $122 million.

Gov. Mark Parkinson also scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon.

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

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