Kansas House, Senate to vote on budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are preparing to take final action on a budget bill that includes raises for state workers and funds to shrink a waiting list of disabled people needing health services.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Friday morning on the bill, which also includes more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Senate passage would send the bill to the House. It’s the last major spending bill standing between legislators and adjournment of the 2014 session.

Negotiators finished the bill Thursday, shaking off the previous day’s report that Kansas collected $92 million less in taxes than expected in April. Republicans blamed changes in the federal tax code.

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