Budget Approved, Lawmakers Take Break

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislators have adopted a $13.4 billion budget that contains the bulk of the spending for state government for next year.

After clearing both chambers, legislators adjourned to begin their annual three-week break. The session will resume April 30, when the last spending items will be considered.

The budget contains several provisions that provide relief to cities and counties that were affected by natural disasters in 2007.

However, legislative leaders have agreed to keep spending increases from the general fund, the largest source of state tax dollars, to 5 percent. The new budget spends 3.5 percent of that increase, leaving legislators with about $20 million for remaining items, including many increases sought for social services.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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