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Kansas budget negotiations to begin

Published on -3/26/2013, 6:45 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Differences in state budgets approved by the Kansas House and Senate are on the table as lawmakers begin working out a compromise.

The two chambers' budget committees were each sending two Republicans and one Democrat to an initial negotiating session Tuesday morning.

The House and Senate have both approved $14 billion spending plans for the 2014 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Leaders have said the negotiations could last several weeks. The work is tied to progress on tax legislation pending in both chambers.

The House and Senate's budgets closely resemble the spending proposal offered by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback at the start of the session. Each would spend about $6 billion in state revenue and $8 billion from other sources.

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