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Tue March 26, 2013
Kansas Budget Conference Committee Meetings To Start
Kansas House and Senate negotiators have delayed the start of talks aimed at smoothing out differences between the budgets passed in each chamber.
The meeting originally scheduled for Monday afternoon was cancelled because the Senate had not yet officially appointed that chamber's three negotiators.
Marc Rhoades, a Republican from Newton, is the lead House negotiator. He says one of the biggest differences is a cut to higher education funding.
The House budget includes a 4 percent cut to colleges and universities, totaling about $30 million. The Senate budget has a 2 percent cut and some other targeted reductions.
Rhoades believes they will be able to come to an agreement on higher education funding.
“We might have a discussion on the percentage difference, but I think it will be something,” says Rhoades.
Governor Sam Brownback did not recommend cuts to higher ed in his budget proposal.