State budget

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.”
Moody’s says more state budget cuts may be needed to ‘achieve structural balance long-term’
May 13, 2014
Moody’s Investor Services, which downgraded Kansas bonds last month, has issued a more detailed report that says because of tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas will need to make more spending cuts.
Republican leaders pass budget; Democrats predict fiscal mess
May 2, 2014
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a state budget that would provide $250 bonuses to state employees and reduce waiting lists for people with disabilities who need services. The measure was approved in the Senate on a 22-18 vote and now goes to the House. If approved there, legislators are likely to adjourn the wrap up session. By Scott Rothschild
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas budget could force court furloughs
08:43 a.m., April 14, 2014 Updated 10:55 a.m.
State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system. The Associated Press
Higher ed funding increase, all-day kindergarten may be in jeopardy in light of school finance decision
March 8, 2014
A legislative fix to inequities in school funding could negate proposals to increase funding to higher education and all-day kindergarten, Republican legislative leaders say. By Scott Rothschild
Full-day kindergarten not all fun and games
Lawrence currently funds at all schools but hopes state will add to budget
March 1, 2014
Isn’t a full day of school exhausting for a bunch of 5-year-olds? You bet, says their likewise exhausted kindergarten teacher Lauren Mitchell. She and her class are winding down a busy seven hours staying engaged and focused on a long list of lessons and activities — none of which, incidentally, is nap time. As the Kansas Legislature considers Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to fund full-day kindergarten statewide, Lawrence is in its second year of offering the program at every district elementary school at no extra cost to parents. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas higher education budget approved by House committee
12:32 p.m., February 24, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A House committee on Monday recommended an increased higher education budget that mostly follows the recommendation of Gov. Sam Brownback.
KBA leader vows Kansas will become bioscience leader
January 27, 2014
The head of a state-funded business accelerator on Monday said Kansas will soon be recognized worldwide as a place to bring bioscience businesses. By Scott Rothschild
Legislators say big budget cuts to higher ed, other areas would occur if public schools win finance lawsuit
November 4, 2013
Republican legislators are sounding early alarm bells, saying a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court against the state in the school finance lawsuit would result in significant budget cuts, tax increases or both. By Scott Rothschild
Amid budget cuts to higher education, KU gets funding for adult stem cell center
June 7, 2013
As Kansas University officials bemoaned legislative budget cuts, Kansas Board of Regents member Ed McKechnie wondered if those cuts could be alleviated somewhat by diverting funds that KU received in another area but didn’t request. McKechnie, of Arcadia, was talking about the $2 million allocated over two years to start and run the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the KU Medical Center. By Scott Rothschild
Republicans approve tax, appropriations bills to conclude legislative session
June 2, 2013
Republican legislative leaders mustered majorities to push through a $777 million tax increase and a state budget that cuts funding to higher education and corrections before adjourning the 2013 session early Sunday morning. By Scott Rothschild
Budget approved in House with minimum number of votes needed
June 1, 2013
The Kansas House on Saturday approved a $14.5 billion budget despite concerns raised about cuts to higher education and the state prison system, and placing those with developmental disabilities under KanCare. By Scott Rothschild
Budget advances with ‘devastating’ cuts to KU
June 1, 2013
Kansas University Medical Center will lose at least 30 nursing student slots and 15 residency positions and the Lawrence campus will lose 38 faculty positions under budget cuts advancing Saturday through the Legislature, a KU official said. By Scott Rothschild