Kansas lawmakers negotiate agreement on $15.5B state budget

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/KSNT) – Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate have agreed on a proposed budget that would limit increases in tuition at state universities.

The three senators and three House members finished their work Thursday evening. Their plan would allow state government to spend about $15.5 billion from all sources during the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The negotiators’ plan would keep spending on the state’s higher education system flat during the next fiscal year, avoiding reductions even with a projected budget shortfall.

However, lawmakers are considering tax increases to fund the budget, work not expected to be completed until at least next week.

But the budget agreement calls for preventing the state Board of Regents from increasing tuition at state universities more than 2 percentage points above inflation as measured by the consumer price index. The figure would have been 2.8 percent for 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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