The Kansas House has approved a bill sought
by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to trim spending from the current
The bill adopted Tuesday would give the state about $35 million
in reserves when the fiscal year ends June 30. Brownback is asking
lawmakers to make the reductions as part of his plan to eliminate a
projected $492 million shortfall in the 2012 budget.
House members made only small changes. For example, they shifted
about $376,000 from higher education budgets to veterans' programs.
It is the first budget bill the House debates this session using
new rules that require lawmakers to match any proposed spending
increase with equal reductions in other spending.