Kansas House Gives Budget First-Round Approval

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas House members have given first-round
approval to a proposed $14.1 billion state budget.

The House's voice vote Friday came after members boosted spending on mental health services and to help public schools cover
unanticipated costs.

The chamber's action sets up a final vote Monday, which will determine whether the spending plan passes and goes to the Senate.

The measure would cut overall spending by about $600 million, or 4 percent, during the fiscal year beginning in July. It sticks close to many of the recommendations from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

The extra money for schools is $25 million and would help districts deal with the costs associated with higher-than-expected student enrollments and greater-than-anticipated demands for some programs.

House members also added $5 million for community mental health centers.

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