Kansas legislators to resume session, budget talks

Kansas Statehouse Dome, Topeka
Kansas Statehouse Dome, Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are returning to the Statehouse to resume the 2013 session, continuing negotiations to settle spending issues for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Legislators have been on a monthlong break since April 5. House and Senate budget committees met briefly over the interim to review a new state revenue forecast and remaining issues in the $14.5 billion.

A rally is scheduled Wednesday morning by social service advocates. They want Gov. Sam Brownback to keep in-home services for the developmentally disabled from being administered by three private health insurance companies as the state’s Medicaid provider. The services are scheduled to be folded into the state’s KanCare system in 2014.

Budget negotiations include discussion over how to treat higher education. Brownback wants to protect higher education from further cuts.

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