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Kansas House expected to vote by week’s end on deficit reduction plan

January 27, 2009


— A Kansas House committee’s chairman says it will vote this week on a plan for eliminating a deficit in the current state budget.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin Yoder said Tuesday that the vote will occur either Thursday or Friday.

Yoder, an Overland Park Republican, said the timing will depend upon what the Senate does with a $302 million plan backed by many Republicans.

The Senate has scheduled a debate on its measure for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Yoder said if the plan passes, the House committee will vote on it Thursday.

If not, he said, the House committee will draft its own plan and vote on it Friday.

Legislative researchers project a $186 million deficit, but many lawmakers expect it to grow. It must be closed by June 30.


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