DALLAS - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a budget-balancing bill Tuesday, avoiding a shutdown of state government over a dispute with Republican leaders in the Legislature.

The measure cuts some $300 million from the fiscal 2009 budget. The approval by the governor satisfied legislative leaders, who then removed their objections to Sebelius' plan to shift $225 million from state agency funds to the general fund to pay the state's bills until income tax returns come in during April.

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