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Kansas Legislature Not Likely to Approve Governor’s Budget Plans

Senator Ty Masterson speaking at a committee meeting this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Governor Brownback’s office pitched three budget-balancing options to Kansas lawmakers this week, but it doesn’t look like legislative leaders are planning to rubber stamp any of the proposals. The chair of the Senate’s budget-writing committee, Republican Ty Masterson, says he doesn’t believe any of the three will be approved by lawmakers.

“These are just three options the governor produced. We’re going to look at them, evaluate them. I’m sure none of the three will come out exactly as he’s intended them. Could be a combination of the three,” says Masterson.
Tax revenue is not growing as fast as state officials expected, meaning lawmakers need to find around $300 million in cuts or new revenue to keep the budget balanced in the next year-and-a-half.

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