Democrats and moderate Republicans on Thursday pushed the bill through the House over the objections of GOP leaders. It makes $138 million in spending cuts and contains some revenue-raising measures, though not a general tax increase.
The vote was 64-60 and sent the bill to Gov. Mark Parkinson.
The Senate had approved the same bill Tuesday and House members accepted it without many any changes. Leaders of the House's Republican majority wanted to debate an alternative to make deeper spending cuts.
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Statement from Gov. Mark Parkinson:
“I’ve been very pleased with the amount of effort, careful thought, and long hours put in by Legislators of both Parties this week to craft a budget that does not force any one group to bear the burden by themselves.
“This shared approach is the right approach, and this budget reflects the sacrifice all Kansans must make in this difficult economic time. While this budget contains modest cuts to most state programs, the cuts are more responsible that earlier proposals.
“The Legislature has recognized that we can’t cut our way out of this hole, and that we also need to make changes to the way we manage our revenue. So I urge the Legislature to build on today’s successes and approve the revenue changes needed to close the remaining $70 million budget deficit.
“This week is not over, there is still important work to be done – but by working together, we can accomplish our common goal of balancing the budget without a tax increase.”