State budget

Kansas governor proposes to backpedal on school funding
January 25, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing that Kansas backpedal on a much-ballyhooed increase in spending on public schools, just as he is asking fellow Republicans in the Legislature to slow down aggressive tax-cutting because of big budget shortfalls.
School funding plan’s effects on property taxes uncertain
03:44 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Kansas legislators from both parties say they’re not sure how Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s school-funding proposals would affect the power that local districts have to raise local property taxes.
Democrats still studying Brownback’s budget plan
06:37 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Four days after Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his budget plan for the next two years, Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature still have not issued a formal response. But some rank-and-file members, as well as some Republicans, say parts of the plan could be a tough sell this year. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more
January 18, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback outlined his budget proposals Friday. Now, negotiations begin in the House and Senate, where key committees will begin holding hearings on Tuesday. The process typically takes through the end of the session in May. Meanwhile, there are many other non-budget issues on the table. By Peter Hancock
Brownback budget cuts K-12 education, holds higher education funding flat
05:29 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Higher education officials feel relieved that Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal does not call for cutting any of their funding. But K-12 schools would lose more than $100 million through a sweeping change in the funding system that threatens to complicate the ongoing school finance lawsuit. By Peter Hancock
Lawmakers convene amid budget crisis, school finance suit
04:40 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers began the 2015 session Monday facing a mounting budget deficit and a school finance lawsuit that could make the budget problems even worse. But legislative leaders appeared generally optimistic on the first day of what is scheduled to be a 90-day session. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers open session amid budget shortfalls
January 11, 2015
Kansas legislators open a critical annual session Monday that will require them to wade through massive budget shortfalls and deal with a court mandate to boost spending on public schools.
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.