House Gives Initial OK to Budget Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House has given first-round approval to a proposed $13.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The plan provides a modest increase in spending but doesn't settle some key issues. That fact led Democrats to criticize it.

Three bills included parts of the spending plan. One bill advanced on a voice vote, while the others advanced on votes of 73-48 and 73-50.

The House plans to take final action Thursday.

The proposed budget would be about $272 million more than the current budget. The increase would be 2.1 percent. That's less generous than the budget proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Legislators won't finish work on the budget until the end of their session in early May.

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