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Kansas legislators negotiating details of partial budget fix

Associated Press - April 30, 2016 7:55 pm

The Kansas Supreme Court has rejected an inmate's bid to withdraw his no-contest pleas in a 2003 attack that killed two women and wounded a third.

Kansas legislators are negotiating over the details of a plan that would close part of the projected $290 million shortfalls in the current and next state budgets.

Three Senate and three House negotiators met Saturday to reconcile differences between their chambers on spending issues. They’re also drafting budget-balancing measures.

They are considering a plan to indefinitely delay state contributions to public employee pensions. The contributions would be covered later with part of the state’s annual payments from a 1998 national legal settlement with tobacco companies.

But the lawmakers’ plan is likely to leave much of the budget-balancing work to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

The governor has already announced plans to cut higher education spending. He also plans to delay major highway projects and divert road funds to general government programs.