Kansas Budget Negotiations Begin

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas House and Senate negotiators have started meetings to settle differences over the 2014 state budget, a process expected to continue over the next two weeks.

Two Republicans and one Democrat from each chamber met Tuesday morning to hear an offer from the House on resolving several hundred line items.

The House and Senate have both approved $14 billion spending plans for the 2014 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Leaders have said the negotiations could last several weeks. The work is tied to progress on tax legislation pending in both chambers.

The House and Senate's budgets closely resemble the spending proposal offered by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback at the start of the session. Each would spend about $6 billion in state revenue and $8 billion from other sources.


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