- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have given final approval to a plan for eliminating a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the state’s next budget.

The Senate vote Wednesday evening was 22-16 on a compromise bill drafted by negotiators to reconcile differences between the two chambers on spending issues.

The House approved it earlier in the day, 68-53. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who has the power to veto individual items.

The plan makes dozens of changes in the state’s $16.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It contains most of Brownback’s proposals to help close the gap by juggling funds and capturing unanticipated savings.

The measure includes a House proposal for a 2.5 percent pay raise for uniformed corrections officers at state prisons.

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