Kan. Budget Talks Resume With Much Work Remaining

By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators have agreed on several minor spending items as they try to complete work on the 2013 state budget.

House and Senate negotiators traded offers Monday on remaining issues as the session hit the 93-day mark. Negotiators had met through the weekend to attempt to resolve such issues as pay raises for state employees.

Both chambers have approved budgets totaling about $14 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Negotiators remain far apart over how to fund increases in public schools, including how much to boost spending and the source of that funding. They also disagree on spending on social services and money to defend the state in litigation over redistricting maps.

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