TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House Appropriations Committee has endorsed a proposed $13 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
It's an early step in the process of developing a spending plan for state government. The budget probably won't be finished until early May, just before the Legislature adjourns.
The committee endorsed three bills containing its proposed budget, sending them to the House for debate, which is expected next week.
Its spending plan is leaner than the one proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. However, members postponed decisions on nearly
$159 million worth of spending, including an increase in general operating funds for state universities.
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