Kansas Senate to consider cutting $400M to close shortfall

(KSNT Photo/Kaitlin Berry)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate is set to debate a budget proposal that would cut roughly $400 million from state agencies, public schools and public safety programs.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said the chamber will take up the measure Thursday. It would impose a 5.9 percent across-the-board cut to all government spending except debt payments. Bruce said the final language of the proposal was still being drafted Wednesday.

Kansas initially faced a projected shortfall of about $800 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. A proposed budget passed Wednesday by the House would cut that roughly in half but would require tax increases to balance.

Republican Sen. Ty Masterson leads the Senate Ways and Means Committee and said GOP conservatives would like to see an option with more spending cuts.


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