Kansas Senate Approves $14.4 Billion Dollar Budget

KSCB News - May 3, 2012 8:10 am

The Kansas Senate has approved a $14.4

billion state budget for the next fiscal year after adding money

for public schools and property tax relief.

Wednesday’s 34-5 vote sends the bill to the House, where a

separate spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July is

awaiting debate.

Senators amended the budget to add $50 million to increase base

state aid for schools, plus $27 million to equalize school aid

payments among poorer districts. Language authorizing the increases

is in another bill already approved by the Senate but still pending

in the House.

The Senate also added $45 million for cities and counties to

reduce property taxes. The money restores a revenue-sharing program

that began in 1938 but was suspended in 2002 when the state faced

financial difficulties.

 

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