Legislature Approves $13.8 Billion Kansas Budget

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas House members have approved a $13.8 billion budget to fund state government in the next fiscal year. The plan is now with the governor.

They 69-55 vote came early Friday morning and follows the 28-11 vote in the Senate late Thursday. No Democrats in either chamber voted in favor of the plan.

The package would erase a budget shortfall that at one point approached $500 million, and create a $50 million cash cushion on June 30, 2012, without raising taxes.

GOP conservatives in the House criticize the bill, saying it still spends more than Kansas can afford. They're urging Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to line-item veto expenditures.

Democrats say the while the plan creates a positive balance, it'll hurt schools, the elderly and residents relying on social services.

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