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Kansas House approves extra higher ed dollars, pay raises

Kansas House approves extra higher ed dollars, pay raises

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From Associated Press -

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are close to approving pay raises for state workers and extra funds to partially reverse past spending cuts on state university campuses.

The House approved a bill Thursday that would add millions of dollars in new spending to budgets approved by lawmakers last year for the state's current fiscal year and the next fiscal year beginning in July.

The vote was 98-23. The Senate's approval Thursday night or Friday would send the measure to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The bill provides an additional $15 million to state universities to undo most cuts made in their operating budgets in 2016.

State workers would get at least a 2.5 percent pay raise. Uniformed corrections officers and employees who did not get a raise last year would receive 5 percent.

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