Though their numbers aren't large, Democrats in the Kansas Legislature had a productive session this year, their leaders contend. Among the achievements cited were raising the state minimum wage, limiting cuts to public education, expanding unemployment benefits, and preventing pay cuts and furloughs for state employees. "By forming bipartisan coalitions within the House and Senate on multiple occasions throughout the session," said House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, "we were able to pass legislation that was important to both sides of the aisle — and to Kansans in need."
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