Brownback Cuts School Funds in Budget Deal

(AP) – Kansas legislators have approved a stop-gap plan for erasing most of a predicted shortfall in the state’s current budget so bills can be paid on time.

The measure approved Thursday attacks a $344 million deficit projected through June 30 largely by shifting money from highway projects and other special funds to pay for education, social services, prisons and other government programs.

Senators approved the bill, 24-1. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign it.

Shortly before the Senate vote, Brownback also announced that he’d cut $45 million worth of funding for higher education and public schools in March, but offered an alternative.

Brownback called on lawmakers to reform portions of the state’s complex schooling funding formula with the next few weeks. he says that would restore the money being cut.

The problems arose after slashing income taxes in 2012 and 2013 to stimulate the economy.

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