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Kansas House Advances Budget Bill

Associated Press - February 3, 2015 4:49 pm

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill eliminating a projected shortfall of more than $330 million in the state’s current budget after members complained about some of the maneuvers for closing the gap.

The Republican-controlled House advanced the bill Tuesday on a voice vote and expects to take final action Wednesday. The measure has the backing of GOP leaders and is expected to pass.

The bill mostly diverts money from highway projects and special funds into the state’s main bank account to cover funding for general government programs.

Lawmakers from both parties criticized the bill’s diversion of $158 million in highway funds, saying roads and bridges could deteriorate.

But some lawmakers said they had little choice to ensure the state pays its bills on time.

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