Politics & Government

Negotiators eye work on Kansas budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Budget negotiators are expecting to resolve most of their differences over spending priorities in the 2013 Kansas budget by the Legislature's Friday deadline.

Completing the process on the $14 billion bill is central to ending the legislative session on time.

House members finished work on their budget version late Tuesday, voting for increases in public schools and social services. The Senate approved a similar measure last week.

Negotiators who are meeting Wednesday say 80 percent of each chamber's bills should be quickly settled. The main obstacle is differences over education policies.

House budget chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, says the House is agreeable to boosting school spending but wants changes in policies related to teacher evaluations and other issues.