TOPEKA – Debating deep into the early morning hours today, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving a $13.8 billion annual budget making deep cuts in education and shedding thousands of public jobs.
But unlike in the Senate, the budget faced strong opposition in the House from both left and right.
Democrats and a few Republicans decried cuts to schools and social service programs for the disabled and elderly.
They more or less alternated with conservative-movement Republicans who said the cuts don’t go deep enough.
But in the end – five minutes shy of 3 a.m., the center held and the budget that had been hammered out in 20 meetings of a House-Senate conference committee passed 69-55.