Kansas Senate advances budgets with pension move

March 29, 2017 - 8:50 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has decided to short state contributions to public employee pensions under the state's 2018 and 2019 budgets to give lawmakers more options in raising taxes to make the books balance.

But senators expect to revisit the pension issue later.

They gave first-round approval Wednesday to proposed budgets for the 2018 fiscal year starting in July and the 2019 fiscal beginning in July 2018.

The Senates' voice vote on the single "mega" budget measure for two years advances the measure to a final vote Thursday. The House is working on its own bill.

Senators decreased state contributions to public employee pensions by a total of $330 million over two years. The move lowers the amount of new revenue needed from higher taxes to $545 million for the period.

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