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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.

Keith Davis

May 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

What guarantee is there that the KPERS funds will be paid back ? They haven’t paid back what all they stole previously.
If Sam Brokenback would get off his arrogant high horse and reinstate the property taxes on farmers and small businesses we wouldn’t have to let the rest of the state fall into a big stinking cesspool.
Isn’t it time to recall Brownback?

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