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Legislative leaders want school finance overhaul
01:00 p.m., December 23, 2014 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Republican leaders of the Kansas House and Senate said Tuesday it’s time to overhaul the state’s school funding formula, but they said there are not yet any solid proposals for doing that. A three-judge panel is currently weighing whether the state is putting enough money into public schools. Their ruling is expected before the Legislature opens its 2015 session Jan. 12. By Peter Hancock
Brownback: It’s up to Legislature to cut budget
December 14, 2014
A new budget report released this week says Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for balancing the current fiscal year’s budget will only add to next year’s budget problems, creating a $648 million hole in fiscal year 2016. That’s because most of what Brownback recommended only involves transfers of money between various funds and not actual spending cuts. But in an interview this week, Brownback defended his plan and said the Legislature needs to be involved in making actual cuts. By Peter Hancock
Kansas governor working on proposed budget fixes
December 7, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls, leaving officials and lawmakers to speculate about the proposals he’s expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.
Brownback: ‘Everything’ on table to fix Kansas budget gap
November 25, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is “looking at everything” to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state’s income tax policy.
Regents, university officials fear budget cuts ahead
November 19, 2014
Higher education officials in Kansas are growing concerned that they may be the target of major budget cuts as the state tries to fill a projected $715 million revenue shortfall. Proposals being circulated include sweeping tuition fund balances, changing the block grant system for universities and moving to a “performance based” budgeting process. By Peter Hancock
Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes
03:49 p.m., November 18, 2014 Updated 05:30 p.m.
Kansas’ projected budget shortfalls have some Republican legislators weighing proposals to backtrack on tax-cutting policies championed by Gov. Sam Brownback, but House budget committee members said Tuesday that should be a last resort.
Lawrence area legislators concerned, but not surprised, by plunging state revenues
November 11, 2014
Lawrence-area legislators predicted Tuesday that shortfalls in state revenues will likely result in deep spending cuts for education and social services. That follows a report Monday by state budget officials who say the state faces a $279 million revenue shortfall this fiscal year, and a $436 million shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1. By Peter Hancock
Kansas officials awaiting new revenue forecast
08:52 a.m., November 10, 2014 Updated 10:48 a.m.
A new revenue forecast due out Monday will tell Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature the size of the budget problems they’re facing.
Legislators, research staff expect gloomy state budget projections
November 9, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature will get new revenue projections that are expected to make the state’s budget problems look worse and intensify discussions about trimming spending.
New Kansas revenue estimates may show budget woes ahead
November 7, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback vowed during the campaign not to make further cuts in K-12 education spending. But some observers say that may not be possible after Monday, when the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group makes its official forecast of state tax collections for the next 18 months. By Peter Hancock
Budget chief: Kansas identifies $101 million in savings
10:57 a.m., September 25, 2014 Updated 03:17 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s top budget adviser says the administration has identified $101 million in savings to help the state reduce a $238 million budget shortfall predicted for July 2016.
Kansas Division of Budget tells seven state agencies to evaluate efficiency
September 24, 2014
The Kansas Division of Budget has told seven state agencies to evaluate whether they can operate more efficiently, and the governor’s office said the directive is not related to the state’s projected budget shortfall.
Former budget director says tax cuts make higher education funding ‘vulnerable’
September 22, 2014
About 25 people attended the discussion that was hosted by the Kansas Farmers Union. Citing statistics provided by the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department, Goossen said the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback will reduce revenues to the state general fund by $3.7 billion through 2018. The current annual budget is $6.3 billion. By Scott Rothschild
New Kansas figures show shortfalls
03:31 p.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 04:10 p.m.
New budget projections from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff show a state budget shortfall developing by July 2016. The projections released Friday by the Legislative Research Department also show a lower figure for the state’s cash reserves on June 30 than Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration reported last month.
Kansas revenues in July beat expectations by $1.6M
04:17 p.m., July 31, 2014 Updated 05:25 p.m.
State revenues in July came in $1.6 million above estimates, the first time that has happened since March, the Kansas Department of Revenue said Thursday. That was good news for Gov. Sam Brownback, who has been hit with a barrage of criticism over previous revenue shortfalls. “Withholding tax receipts show that more Kansans are working and earning more money, helping grow the state’s economy,” Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said. “We are cautiously optimistic about these results but pleased to see further evidence that Kansans are getting back to work.”

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