Topeka — As state lawmakers voted Thursday to cut the budget, Congress had agreed to a federal stimulus plan that could pump more than $1 billion into Kansas coffers.
While Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office had not figured out yet how much Kansas would receive under the $789 billion federal package, estimates of earlier bills ranged to upward of $1.7 billion.
Under the measure agreed to by U.S. House and Senate negotiators, the Kansas Health Policy Authority said it would receive approximately $450 million through Dec. 10, 2010, in the form of a temporary increase in the federal match for Medicaid, which provides health for low-income residents.
The Kansas Department of Transportation said it would receive between $317 million and $401 million for transportation projects.
More funds will flow through existing programs.
For example, the federal bill includes $44.5 billion in aid to local schools, building repairs and special education.
It also includes $8.8 billion in aid to states to defray budget cuts, but it was unknown how much Kansas would receive of that amount.
In Kansas, lawmakers are facing an immediate budget shortfall of $200 million. The deficit could grow to $1 billion by July 1.