TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas senators have approved a $13.8
billion budget for 2012, clearing the first of two key votes.
The measure advances 28-11 late Thursday, sending it to the
House where debate was set to begin later in the evening.
The plan calls for cutting government spending by almost 6
percent for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It also would leave
the state with a cash cushion of $50 million at the end of the next
The bill eliminates a budget shortfall that at one point
approached $500 million.
Spending cuts reflect a loss of one-time federal stimulus
dollars the state received to support education and social service
Schools will see a $232 per student cut in base state aid in
2012, reducing the amount from $4,012 in 2011 to $3,780.