TOPEKA — A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill that would balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
The measure approved Monday by the Ways and Means Committee would eliminate a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the $16.1 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
The committee’s 9-2 vote sends the bill to the full Senate for a debate that could occur by the end of this week.
The bill includes many of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to help close the budget gap by juggling funds and capturing unanticipated savings.
The GOP-dominated committee also found an additional $32 million in savings in a program that provides death and disability benefits to the families of state workers.