Kansas budget negotiations resume

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House and Senate negotiators are working again on the 2014 and 2015 state budgets in an effort to bring the legislative session to a close.

Senate Ways and Means Chairman Ty Masterson told House counterparts Thursday he’s prepared to move quickly to finish the talks on roughly $14.5 billion in spending in each of the next two fiscal years.

The Senate has offered to scale back from 2 percent to 1 percent its proposed cuts in funding for higher education. The House is proposing a 4 percent spending cut for public universities, community colleges and technical schools.

Republican legislative leaders say they want to resolve budget issues before the two chambers work out their differences on tax cuts, the other big issue still hanging over lawmakers.

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