No sign of when Kansas budget talks will resume

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate still haven’t decided when they’ll resume talks aimed at reconciling differences between the two chambers on budget issues.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades of Newton was meeting privately Monday with other GOP House leaders.

Lawmakers are working on proposed budgets of roughly $14.5 billion for each of the next two fiscal years, beginning in July. Talks broke off Friday.

The two chambers disagree over funding for state universities, community colleges and technical colleges. Both are at odds with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s recommendations.

Brownback wants to hold higher education funding flat for two years.

The House proposes a 4 percent cut during the next fiscal year. Senators are seeking to phase in a 2 percent cut over two years.

 

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