A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans hijacked the Kansas House this morning, successfully gutting the budget favored by House GOP leaders and replacing it with their own plan.
The new proposal spends more than the earlier one, and will require a tax increase to balance. It's similar to the budget proposal passed earlier by the Senate. Both give schools more money to offset the loss of federal stimulus funds set to expire next year, and both attempt to restore some social service funds cut last year.
The vote to remove the budget proposal favored by House leadership was 71-49.
Judging from the votes, the coalition has the numbers to pass a tax increase to fund their budget. Last night the Senate passed a 1-cent sales tax hike, and it's likely the House will consider that plan soon.
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