TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House has opened its debate on a proposed state budget by adding $50 million to school funding.
The House measure would spend about $14 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The extra money added Tuesday for schools would raise base aid from the state by about $37 per pupil.
The Kansas Senate has already passed its own version of the budget. The Senate plan would spend some $14.4 billion and increase spending for public schools.
Legislators are quickly approaching the 90-day limit of the session. Once the House approves a budget, negotiators from the two chambers will begin meeting to work out differences.
The final agreement must pass the House and Senate on Friday at the latest for the session to end on time.
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