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Kansas Lawmakers Negotiate Final Version Of Fix For Budget

Kansas legislative negotiators have agreed on the details of a plan for balancing the state's next budget.

The plan drafted Monday by three senators and three House members would eliminate a deficit of nearly $200 million in the state's $16.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It would do so mostly by juggling funds.

But the plan does not add extra money for public schools to respond to a Kansas Supreme Court decision striking down an education funding law.

The court said last week that poor school districts have been shorted by a 2015 law that distributes more than $4 billion in aid a year to the state's 286 local districts.

Both chambers must approve the agreement for the plan to go to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.