Kansas House panel passes bill to balance next state budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that would eliminate a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The measure approved Thursday by the Appropriations Committee includes many of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals for closing the gap by juggling funds and capturing unanticipated savings.

But the committee also added $2.4 million to the next budget so the state can give uniformed corrections officers at state prisons a 2.5 percent pay raise.

Several committee members said the state needs to boost pay for corrections officers because the turnover rate at state prisons is almost 30 percent. Their starting hourly pay is $13.61.

The bill goes next to the House for debate as early as next week.

 

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