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GOP House budget hopes for more stimulus

Despite all the complaining many Republicans do about the federal stimulus package, GOP members in the Kansas House are hoping more money is coming the state's way. In fact, their budget doesn't balance without it. The GOP House budget assumes that Congress will pass a bill extending some stimulus money for Medicaid, which would save Kansas about $131 million. The U.S. Senate has approved the additional spending (over the objections of Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, R-Kan.), but the bill has not cleared the House. Though Congress may end up approving this additional money, it also might not, so it would be risky to count on it in the state budget.