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Kansas Lawmakers Pass $6.3 Billion Budget

Kansas Lawmakers ended the 2016 session early this morning after passing a $6.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. However, the state’s continued inability to meet revenue projections has left the state $290 million short.

Lawmakers delayed a $96 million payment to the state’s pension system until June of 2018.

Governor Sam Brownback will also take $185 million out of the state highway fund and cut another $17 million from higher education funds, including KU.

The bill still requires Brownback make an additional $92 million in cuts.

The budget bill currently protects K-12 public schools from cuts.

This will leave the state with a balance of about $70 million.