Kansas Senate may not debate budget to fill shortfall

Kansas Statehouse (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Senate is unsure whether it will debate a budget proposal on the 105th day of the Legislature’s annual.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said Thursday that the chamber’s leaders are still weighing what senators will debate. He said the final language of the proposal to be considered is still being drafted.

Bruce had said earlier the Senate would consider a proposal to impose a 5.9 percent across-the-board cut to all government spending except debt payments.

Making those cuts would trim roughly $400 million in spending and avoid higher taxes to balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The House approved a proposed budget Wednesday that would require tax increases to balance.

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