Kansas state budget

If you cut taxes, you get less revenue
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas tax cut creates problems

Gov. Sam Brownback
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Kansas has a budget problem.  It’s collecting less tax money than it planned.  This spring, the state intended to take in $651 million from personal income tax, but only received $369 million. The decrease was due to a large and rather unusual income tax cut passed by lawmakers in 2012 according to The New York Times.

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8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again

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The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to be able to pay its bills.  That’s nothing new.  That’s how it’s been done for the last 16 years according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Duane Goosen says current budget won't work
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Former budget director predicts Kansas will soon be in the red

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Duane Goossen is a former state budget director, and he says the state won’t have enough revenue to implement the budget legislators recently passed according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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8:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget restores Fort Hays State University funding

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Last year the Kansas Legislature took money from universities, but Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget restores the ‘salary cap’ reductions that cost Fort Hays State University $276,176 according to a press release from FHSU University Relations.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Kansas Legislators Ready for Different Budget Strategy

Twilight accentuates the new copper dome on the Kansas Statehouse, part of a nearly complete $332 million renovation and the first new copper covering since the roof was constructed in 1903. This year — for the first time since 1954, the state Legislature will be entering the second year of an existing budget. "This is a whole new experience coming up," said Duane Goossen, a former budget director for three Kansas governors.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

Legislators set for second half of two-year cycle for the first time in decades

For the first time since 1954, when Kansas legislators return to Topeka in January, they’ll be dealing with the state budget in a different way according to the Kansas Health Institute.  

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Kansas Education
8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas Higher Education Funding: The Search for Middle Ground

A full moon rises behind a statue of a Kansas Indian on top of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas
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Negotiations may be on the horizon for higher education spending, but the Wichita Eagle reports agreement seems a long way off.

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Government & Politics
5:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Last Minute Budget Addendum and Deadline Pressure Leads to Questionable Program Approval

Representative Marc Rhoades
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In the midst of conference committee negotiations, with dozens of bargaining items on the table, Representative and House Appropriations Committee Chair, Marc Rhoades, presented a $12 million grant program earmarked for Educational Design Solutions.  Dave Ranney reported in a  recent article by the Kansas Institute of Health the Senate agreed to this addition partially out of desire to end the drawn out session to a close. 

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10:32 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Higher Education Cuts Strain Kansans

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Leaders in higher education struggle operate within caps and budget cuts, families wrestle with increased tuition, legislators grapple with fiscal accountability, and Governor Brownback signs the cuts into budget.
Kansas universities and colleges are beginning to come to grips with what they are calling "devastating" budget cuts imposed by the state Legislature. Leaders at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University are warning that the cuts, along with what legislators called a "salary cap," will damage everything from farming programs to the ability to educate doctors to the ability to help Wichita's aerospace industries create new jobs.
Government & Politics
12:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Constitutional Showdown Looming Over Kansas and Texas

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle
Credit Dion Lefler/The Wichita Eagle

State legislatures are constitutionally mandated to provide adequate funding for schools.  Courts in both Kansas and Texas recently ruled this directive is not being met. 

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1:05 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Balance the Kansas budget yourself

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Kansas faces a $234 million budget deficit. How would you resolve the problem? Cut taxes or raise them? Increase spending or downsize government? The Kansas Health Institute has created the Budget Puzzle as a tool that allows you to fashion your own version of the next state budget. Give it a try.
Kansas faces a very challenging budget picture next year. Policymakers must resolve a large imbalance between revenue and expenditures, but how? Should they raise revenue or cut spending? Would maintaining a 6.3 percent sales tax rate solve the problem? What about cutting education funding?