A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to take up a proposal by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to hold the line on spending in the current fiscal year.


 A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to take up a proposal by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to hold the line on spending in the current fiscal year.

A bill before the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday would cut state spending through June 30, including a $75 per-pupil reduction in aid to public schools.

Brownback hopes to save about $35 million in the current year. Kansas already faces a projected budget shortfall of $550 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

On Tuesday, a House budget committee endorsed a version of the Brownback bill but went even further, cutting pay for all Kansas elected officials, judges and state employees by 7.5 percent.