Legislative negotiators will meet this week to work out the differences between the state budget measures for fiscal 2009 passed by the Kansas House and Senate.

The Senate gave first-round approval last week to a $6.35 billion state operating budget, $40 million less than the one adopted earlier by the House. Both measures allocate more money than the state expects to receive in revenue.

Both versions eliminate the $81 million in new revenue from expanded gambling operations contained in the $6.4 billion budget proposed in January by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The final budget for fiscal 2009 is to be adopted at the Legislature’s wrap-up session that begins April 30.

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