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Senate panel cuts budget proposal, gears up for tax discussion

TOPEKA — A Senate panel cut about $91 million from its budget proposal Thursday in an effort to find a plan lawmakers could agree on.

Lawmakers also restored about $14 million to select programs.

"We were at the point that every cut that we made was devastating to somebody," said Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, who chairs the Senate Ways and Means Committee. "All of them have a lot of merit; the problem that we have is how do we come up with the revenue to put all of this back?"

The proposal still would need millions in new revenue to fill a budget gap. The Senate Ways and Means Committee will discuss a growing list of possibilities this morning.

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