The Latest: Kansas Lawmakers Near Agreement on Budget Fix
staff - April 30, 2016 6:01 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislators are close to having a final plan for closing projected shortfalls of more than $290 million in the current and next state budgets.
Three senators and three House members negotiated Friday over budget issues. They plan to resume talks Saturday morning. Top Republicans in the GOP-dominated Legislature hoped both chambers could vote on a plan late Saturday.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback plans to delay major highway construction projects and divert road funds to general government programs. He’s also planning to cut higher education spending during the next fiscal year beginning July 1.
The budget negotiators are considering a plan to delay state contributions to public employee pensions and pay them back later with part of the state’s annual payments from a 1998 national legal settlement with tobacco companies.