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Lawmakers continue stalemate over budget, school funding

The Kansas Legislature continues to go back and forth over how to best approach the state's $900 million shortfall.
 
One week into their extended session, House and Senate members have not been able to find common ground on how to best move forward on the shortfall. Some progressives are suggesting raising taxes $2.5 billion over three years instead of five while some conservatives aren't wanting to raise any taxes and some in the middle suggesting $800 million to be raised.
 
76th District Representative Eric Smith says deep divisions have brought discussions to a stalemate.
 
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In February the legislature fell three votes shy of overriding a veto by Gov. Sam Brownback to address the state's budget shortfall. 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber says getting something Gov. Sam Brownback would support remains a big question mark.
 
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The Legislature is also still at odds on how to proceed with school funding. Those debates will likely continue into next week and both Smith and Schreiber remain optimistic that a compromise can be reached.