Kansas House panel approves budget bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas House committee has approved a budget bill that includes Gov. Sam Brownback’s request for additional funds for social services.

Wednesday’s vote by the House Appropriations Committee sends the measure to the full chamber for debate. The Senate has already approved its version of the budget.

The House panel met to review revenue forecasts and to discuss budget issues for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the year that starts July 1. Legislative staff briefed the committee on revenue projections that were revised upward by $177 million earlier in April.

Brownback is seeking $5 million in new funding to reduce the number of disabled residents waiting for health care services. The money would come from savings in the KanCare Medicaid system for the poor, elderly and disabled.

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