Kansas Senate will not debate budget, majority leader says

Kansas State senate
Kansas State senate (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate is not planning to debate any budget proposals despite the threat of state worker furloughs on Sunday.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said Thursday that the chamber would wait until it could pair a budget with other policies to ensure it would balance.

The House approved a budget proposal Wednesday that would shrink the state’s projected deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to about $406 million. But it would require tax increases to cover the rest.

Bruce had said earlier that the Senate would consider a budget proposal that would avoid tax increases by imposing a 5.9 percent across-the-board cut to all government spending except debt payments.

Administration officials have said state workers would be furloughed Sunday without a budget deal.

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