The Senate narrowly approved $138 million in budget cuts across state agencies Tuesday. But it still must resolve whether to delay promised tax decreases — or take other action — to make up another $70 million. A mix of moderate Republicans and Democrats cobbled together enough support to pass Senate substitute for House Bill 2373 by a vote of 21-17. Conservatives opposed the proposal, saying lawmakers should cut more. Here’s how area senators voted, according to the Associated Press:
Republicans voting yes:Jay Emler, Lindsborg; Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick; Jean Schodorf, Wichita
Republicans voting no: Steve Abrams, Arkansas City; Terry Bruce, Hutchinson; Ty Masterson, Andover; Mike Petersen and Susan Wagle, Wichita
Republicans not voting: Les Donovan, Wichita; Dick Kelsey, Goddard.
Democrat voting yes: Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Wichita