Budget Debate Cancelled, Working on Deal

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.


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