Archive for Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kansas revenues fall $74.5 million short in May

June 1, 2016, 3:55 p.m. Updated June 1, 2016, 6:02 p.m.


— The Kansas Department of Revenue said Wednesday that total taxes flowing into state coffers in May came in $74.5 million below estimates, putting the state general fund into a deep financial hole with only one month left in the fiscal year.

The report was released only about an hour after Kansas lawmakers formally adjourned the 2016 session during their "sine die" ceremony.

Individual income taxes were $58 million below estimates, while corporate income taxes came in $15 million short. Retail sales taxes came in nearly $4 million above estimates.

It was only the second monthly revenue report to be issued since the state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group updated its estimates in mid-April by significantly lowering their projections of incoming revenues.

That action prompted Gov. Sam Brownback to enact a series of allotment cuts, including a $17 million cut in state aid to public universities. Afterward, lawmakers passed a series of budget amendments which, combined with additional cuts by the governor, was expected to leave the state with an ending balance of about $21 million on June 30.

The May revenue report effectively wipes out that ending balance, and, even if revenues come in as expected in June, puts the state about $53 million in the hole for the fiscal year.

Kansas law does not allow the state to end the year with a deficit, so the May report will likely force Brownback to order even more spending cuts.

There was little of the typical reaction or commentary from lawmakers in response to the revenue numbers as most were heading home when the report was released.

But Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichta, said the budget problem is now the governor’s responsibility.

“Legislators are just as upset about the state’s downturn in revenue as all Kansans,” she said. “With session adjourned and the budget passed and signed into law, the governor will have to determine how to address the shortfall.”


Tony Peterson 1 year, 11 months ago

Well, lightning every month is at least some light on the dark financial landscape Browncrack and his cronies created.

Jim Kener 1 year, 11 months ago

Shocking they cut taxes, employers did not hire more people because they did not need them, new business did not pay enough taxes to cover lost taxes because what little new business came paid so little it could not cover the revenue lost. Despite all this Kansas elected people that won't change course you can help people that are ignorant but you can't fix stupid. The people of Kansas are getting what they asked for and now will have to suffer with it.

Patrick Briggs 1 year, 11 months ago

Where did the shining sun go??

Brownback took it to shine out of his ...

Charles Fogarty 1 year, 11 months ago

When are you Kansans going to get rid of the Republican gang that is destroying the state?

Bill Turner 1 year, 11 months ago

I try every election. Haven't been receiving much cooperation as of late....

Hans Besemann 1 year, 11 months ago

It does suck when you live in a state where the government officials don't do their job and the people keep re electing them.

Michael Kaufman 1 year, 11 months ago

That is because of the voter fraud, perpetrated by the Republicans in your state. Three have already been caught, and there will be more. Sorry, NO illegal aliens were found to have participated in elections.

Rod Williamson 1 year, 11 months ago

Brownback was re-elected with just under 50% of the vote. The Dem got 47% and the Indep got 3%. So a slim majority voted against Brownback but got stuck with him anyway. Recall rules in KS make it nearly impossible to recall a sitting Governor. You need 10% of the number of voters from the last election just to file the petition to Chris Kobach, who would likely refuse it. Then you get 90 days to get 50% of the number that voted to sign that they want a recall. So basically we would have 90 days to find every voter in KS who voted against Brownbach to sign it. As for legislators, we can get reasonable representation from the KC metro, Lawrence and Topeka. But the number of rural counties greatly outnumber that, and it's hard to convince the "I always for for the 'R' crowd" to do otherwise, so we get stcuk with a Republican majority.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 11 months ago

So they can't even make their lowered projections? The arrogance of these radicals who have taken over our state is beyond belief. They need to be brought to reality in November.

Steven Davis 1 year, 11 months ago

The legislators are eager to start raising funds from the Koch machine, and they couldn't legally do it until they adjourned sine die. They might not have kept our schools open or balanced our budget, but at least they can start getting paid off for refusing to do their job.

Steve Jacob 1 year, 11 months ago

The part about "Kansas law does not allow the state to end the year with a deficit" is a lie with the borrowed money from KPERS.

Bob Forer 1 year, 11 months ago

This is on every voter who cast their ballots for the idiots who now sit in Topeka.

Michael Kort 1 year, 11 months ago

Well, this must be the fault of Barach Obama because we all know that he is the Governor of Kansas ! ?

Hans Besemann 1 year, 11 months ago

Have no fear the blame Obama team will be here!!! Someway, somehow, someone (more than one actually) will put the blame for Kansas budget woes squarely at President Obama's feet. Logic won't matter. The only thing that will matter is that this mess is someone's else's fault. It can't be the fault of the governor and his policies. Can it?

Bob Fleck 1 year, 11 months ago

Well I guess this is just more bad news for the public education system in Kansas. Can't tax any rich people and they all send their kids to private schools so they don't care.

Michael Kort 1 year, 11 months ago

According to Governor brownie,.....lead balloons really do fly.......and If you buy that one, brownie has a bridge or two in New York City to sell you, and he will give you a special deal on them, as well ! Are not ye.....who believe......truly lucky ! ?

Frank De La O 1 year, 11 months ago

Just think, soon Kansas won't have the money for the lawmakers to pay themselves!

Bob Summers 1 year, 11 months ago


Easy fix.

Cut spending by 75 million a month.

If that's not enough.

Cut more.

Bob Forer 1 year, 11 months ago

Hell, yes. Bob. Let them poor kids freeze and starve. Let the handicap go without. let the old folks suffer. Screw em all, right?

Bob Summers 1 year, 11 months ago

As has been said before. People with the Liberal condition will say anything to take someone else's money.

Your extremely emotional post is a false narrative. poor kids, freezing, starving and handicapped is an emotional meme along the lines that got Harambe murdered.

Jerome Bradley 1 year, 11 months ago

Bob said Liberal Condition again. Drink! Soon alcohol poisoning will take hold :X

Bob Summers 1 year, 11 months ago

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”


Doug Harvey 1 year, 11 months ago

Bob Summers -- not one fact in anything you have said. What you have said is called "opinion." Opinions are not like facts and don't need them to exist. I think Rush is calling you, better get back to the radio --

Greg Cooper 1 year, 11 months ago

This is the first time I have ever seen you put an actual number to your stupidity, Bob. Congratulations! You have just proven to people with brains and a calculator why the rest of you are either in charge or blindly supporting them. Have a lovely day making doilies, or whatever people do in institutions like yours.

Patrick Briggs 1 year, 11 months ago

It's time to criminalize billionaires. The French did it during their revolution, and the regular people shortened the rich by a head... each.

People like Bob just demonstrate how the greed sickness is passed. Bob ain't rich or he wouldn't be wasting his time chatting online. Bob has just chosen the rich team, like folks pick their favorite sports team. And Bob's team is screwing him, but they pat him on the butt every once and awhile so Bob figures it's love.

With the rich and their necessary minions you have to realize that they can't comprehend working together because their whole focus is on screwing their neighbors.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 11 months ago

Bob could be rich. I mean I see more poor people working than rich people. Of course, if he was rich, he would be going skiing or boating or golfing, or horse racing with all his other rich friends, and he wouldn't have time to post.

Brian Powers 1 year, 11 months ago

Why is this news??..Brown-stain loves to cut our most important things we need, like school education and our bridge and road constructions...he's a real shame to Kansas!!.

Philip Corradini 1 year, 11 months ago

The Kansas Republican Party suffers from bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Michael Kaufman 1 year, 11 months ago

How do they keep from falling down, and frothing at the mouth?

Lloyd Hall 1 year, 11 months ago

Legalize Cannabis and Hemp. Help the many Kansans who need the jobs that would produce. Help the many Kansans who need it (like I do) for medical use. See the coffers of the State fill with the taxation of that product. See people move TO Kansas instead of leaving. Problem solved.

Steve King 1 year, 11 months ago

What a load of baloney Wagle, it's the Governor's problem because you went home. You didn't pass a balanced budget as required by the state constitution. This is all political. Pass the blame on Sam so you can deflect blame for your reelection. For shame.

Beate Williams 1 year, 11 months ago

I find this totally incomprehensible that the legislature would run home before the revenue report was released so they could look back and say it is now Brownback's problem. Sure he created the problem but he had to have the support and backing of the legislature to have the archaic, asinine budget approved and made into law.

They have cut public education, they have cut medicaid, they have limited financial assistance to the poor, they have dug into KPERS, what is left? I can see them all sitting around their witches pot, rubbing their hands together, laughing and throwing out suggestions as to what/who they can cut next. What does it matter if the average Joe/Jane and their families suffer, they should have been born rich or at least be friends with a Repuklican politician to whom they could plead their case. I cannot believe there is anyone in Kansas, besides the 1% who isn't totally ashamed of what the Repukes have done to the state.

I am a Kansan who now lives in Texas and I was so proud to let everyone know that I was not from the state of Texas with its backward politicians, now I refrain from saying anything about where I am from...I can't believe the politicians in the state of Kansas are as bad, if not worse than the politicians in the state of Texas. What a tragedy.

Michael Kort 1 year, 11 months ago

Well gee ! .........they only CHOSE to miss by 2.4 million $ per day in May !

God only knows how much they will be short in June ( ON PURPOSE ) ?

And then onto the next year of wreck and financial ruin for Kansas ! ! !

Remove them all from office and never give the republicans a foot hold in either the Ks. House, the Ks. Senate or the Governors Office again !

Trash them all, they trashed the trash ! ! !

Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Conservatives are very good at creating loss of tax $$$$$ revenue? year after year after year.

Where is the money?

Time for an audit by a firm not connected to Brownback or ALEC.



Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Never Vote Republican Again!

A taxpayers response to the lack of school funding,a GOP threat to the Supreme Court and in general to the negligent behavior of the GOP Kansas Legislators.

Never vote republican ever again! They lie to the voters even after an election. They are probably law breakers NOT respectable representatives. Vote Them Out! Negligence is their rule of law!

The ALEC Agenda is the Kansas Legislators guide to DEFUND,DISABLE, DISMANTLE and DESTROY public education . Feel free to google Bill Moyer’s take on ALEC.

Their actions have tremendous negative impacts on every local economy make no mistake about it.

An excellent public school system is economic growth material!

Would you favor a sales tax increase to provide more money for Lawrence teacher salaries?

Teacher Salary Support

Of 5,198 voting 80% said yes. Remarkable ( of course we know this won't fly UNLESS the state legislature says yes).

Instead of building a new police building I say city government help out the school district.

Patrick Briggs 1 year, 11 months ago

Kansans let the Koch brothers turn their state into Pottersville.

Steve King 1 year, 11 months ago

Page 2. Sam just said no cuts necessary. They have "Fee Funds" available to cover the $75 Million. What's a Fee Fund? Boat Fees, DL Fees, Park Fees, Hunting Fees, Business Fees, Traffic Fees? Just keep shaking the piggy bank. All the pennies will eventually come out. Then what?

Cille King 1 year, 11 months ago

And all the fees that the Governor will be taking will mean that there is no money for the agencies that those fees were to cover.

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