Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2005

Capitol Report

April 7, 2005

The Kansas House and Senate last week approved a conference committee report on Senate Bill 225, the state budget for fiscal year 2006.

The $11.3 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 meets Republican leaders' goal of providing additional money to public schools without increasing state taxes. The measure provides an additional $125 million for education, using existing revenues and cash reserves.

The House approved the budget on Thursday by a 81-42 vote; the Senate weighed in Friday in a 26-13 vote.

The budget bill now goes to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. for consideration.

Here's how area legislators voted:

Senate

Mark Gilstrap, D-Kansas City, Yes

Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, Yes

House

Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, Yes

Marti Crow, D-Leaven-worth, No

Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, No

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