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Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, said even Brownback’s proposal is “insignificant” because state workers haven’t seen a raise in five years.

“That should be a priority of the state, to pay fair wages to folks who are doing the work,” Kelly said.

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Online:

Senate committee’s proposal: http://bit.ly/1rgajwo

House committee’s proposal: http://bit.ly/1nF1gTN

Kansas Legislature: http://www.kslegislature.org

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