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Lawmakers begin dissecting governor's budget plans

Lawmakers are starting the process of mulling over Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposals.

 

The governor is proposing a $6 billion budget, which includes an additional $18 million for overall school funding, $16 million for all-day kindergarten and restoring $5 million in salary cuts to higher education -- something which would benefit Emporia State, which had to cut its budget almost $2 million for the current and upcoming fiscal years after cuts last year.

Emporia Rep. Don Hill says the higher education adjustments are great for ESU, which could see over $1.6 million in either restored or new money. However, he says the budget is a serious challenge moving forward.

Rep. Peggy Mast and Sen. Jeff Longbine are looking over the budget bullet points before commenting.

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