Senate passes state budget

The Senate passed a state budget late Thursday, amid some complaints that it cuts funding for public schools too deeply and gives up on bringing government worker pay up to the standards of other states.

Republicans said the budget is a responsible document to start restructuring the delivery of public services in a more efficient manner.

This budget goes to great efforts to help our government be responsible in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression," said Sen. Garrett Love, R-Montezuma. "It goes to great efforts to help our government live within its means just like our families do."

Gov. Sam Brownback said earlier Thursday that he wanted the budget to pass without any Democratic votes and in the Senate, at least, he got his wish.