Kansas House debating plan for eliminating deficit

TOPEKA | The Kansas House has restored some cuts in education spending as it debates its bill to eliminate a state budget deficit.

Legislators approved an amendment Wednesday that would restore some $16 million in cuts to public schools. The vote was largely along party lines.

The bill would make about $306 million in adjustments to the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

A little less than half the adjustments are spending cuts. The rest come from accounting changes and refinancing state bonds.

Republicans who back the bill say that protecting schools from cuts will require bigger reductions in other parts of the budget, including social services.

But some Democrats question whether so many adjustments need to be made to the budget to close the deficit.