Kansas budget talks set to start slowly

Kansas House leaders say they’ll take their time on a final version of the new state budget, waiting first to resolve differences with the Senate over taxes.

Both chambers completed work on their versions of tax and budget bills last week. The budgets cover fiscal years 2014 and 2015 and would spend $14 billion annually.

House budget chairman Rep. Marc Rhoades, a Republican from Newton, said he and Senate counterparts would meet briefly Monday to discuss budgets, but will wait until April to complete the work.

That will give time for negotiators from the two chambers to resolve differences over tax-cutting bills, and for the state to get an updated revenue forecast for the fiscal year that starts July 1.