Kansas budget talks resuming after revenue report

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas House budget negotiators are proposing giving nearly 38,000 state employees an average raise of $250 in the coming year as part of talks with Senate counterparts.

The proposal was offered Thursday as talks resumed, a day after majority Republicans cast aside a bleak revenue report. Six legislators are drafting a final spending bill for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The state Department of Revenue reported late Wednesday that tax collections for the month totaled $92 million less than expected. Officials cited changes in the federal tax code on capital gains and other income.

But Republicans brushed aside doubts raised by the new figures. They argued that the state’s cash reserves will act as a cushion and any fallout can be dealt with next year.

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