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House gives first-round approval for bill cutting $35 million in state spending

March 15, 2011

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— The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill cutting about $35 million in state spending through June 30.

Tuesday's action clears the way for a second House vote, expected Wednesday, that would send the measure to the Senate.

Lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback are cutting the current budget to give the state a financial cushion when the new fiscal year begins July 1.

The House measure incorporates many reductions the chamber had approved last month. But a stalemate with the Senate on some details prompted Brownback to act on his own last week, imposing $56.5 million in cuts.

Some items in the new House plan ratify Brownback's actions, including moving money from public schools to social services to cover increased caseloads.

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pace 4 years, 3 months ago

Simplify and equalize the tax code. Don't take the money saved from schools and social services to cover the tax cuts and loop holes to the wealthiest.

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