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The Kansas House and Senate are considering separate plans for balancing the next state budget

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TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas House and Senate are considering separate plans for balancing the next state budget.

The House was take a final vote Thursday on its bill for eliminating a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the state's $16.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The Senate was debating its plan later Thursday.

Each Republican-dominated chamber's bill contains many of GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals for juggling state funds and capturing unanticipated savings to close the gap.

The Senate would give the governor greater authority than the House to delay the state's contributions to its public pension system. The House's bill boosts pay for corrections officers at state prisons.

After both chambers pass their bills, they'll appoint negotiators to draft a final version of the budget-balancing legislation.

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