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(AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed the $14.1 billion state budget, vetoing minor spending provisions but maintaining increases for public schools and social services.

The Republican governor signed the bill Friday as legislators returned to the Statehouse for the final ceremonial day of the 2012 session.

Brownback calls the budget a responsible package for funding government in the fiscal year that starts July 1. He says it reduces overall spending by $465 million and gives the state solid revenue reserves.

The governor vetoed a provision setting specific dates for transferring funds to the Kansas Bioscience Authority, which was created in 2004 to nurture bioscience firms. Brownback says the state treasury needs flexibility in managing cash flow.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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