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Kan. budget debate simmers while taxes stew

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- An agreement struck earlier in the week on the 2014 Kansas budget remains on the back burner while Republican legislative leaders seek agreement on taxes.

The plan, approved by House and Senate budget negotiators on Tuesday, would spend about $14.5 billion in the budget year that starts July 1 and a similar amount in 2015.

The proposal would cut funding for higher education by 1.5 percent in each of the fiscal years and impose salary restrictions on state agencies.

Negotiators agreed that the budget debate would begin in the House, but only after the GOP-controlled Legislature reached a compromise on taxes. The Senate approved a tax plan late Thursday and sent it to the House.