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Kansas Lawmakers Approve New Spending

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    Kansas state workers might get bigger paychecks and higher education might get more state funding than previously thought.
    State lawmakers passed 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. 
    The House and Senate approved pay raises for state workers and extra funds to partially reverse past spending cuts on state university campuses.The bill would provide 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. 
    The votes were 98-23 in the House and 26-14 in the Senate.  The bill now goes to Republican Governor Jeff Colyer.


 

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