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May 10, 2012
TOPEKA House and Senate budget negotiators met four times today but found little to agree upon. They agreed to resume talks at 9 a.m. Friday.
They started the day with more than 100 items in contention and began trying to resolve differences in the budget plans approved by their respective chambers. Only about 20 issues were tentatively resolved.
Each chamber has approved about $14 billion in total state spending once federal aid is counted but the House version was about $165 million less than the Senate approved.
Among the unresolved differences at the end of business Thursday:
Each chamber had set aside some money to pay for litigation in the likelihood that the chambers can't agree on redistricting maps. The Senate earmarked $500,000; the House $2 million.
The Senate approved more than $5 million to increase the rates paid payroll agents who coordinate the home health workers who assist the disabled. The House did not approve the money.
The Senate signed off on $407,000 for a breast and cervical cancer screening program run by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The House did not.
The House added a proviso to its budget blocking the state insurance commissioner from spending $1.9 million in federal grant dollars available through the Affordable Care Act. The Senate put no restrictions on the spending.
The Senate included $2.6 million to restore contract funding for the state's foster care providers that had been reduced by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The House did not.
The House deleted $4.5 million for the Kan-Ed program, a network that provides broadband service and some databases to hospitals, schools and libraries. The Senate did not.
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