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Kansas Tax Collections $27 Million Short of Expectations in December

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)

Kansas collected $27 million less than expected in taxes last month, largely driven by sagging income and sales tax receipts. The drop is enough to erase the state’s small estimated savings account.
 
Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan says it’s too early to tell if it’s a one-time drop in income taxes or a trend.
 
“It is the first time this fiscal year that individual income tax receipts have not grown compared to the prior fiscal year to date,” says Jordan.
 
Unless the coming months beat projections, Kansas will again be in a budget deficit for the current fiscal year. Democratic state Senator Anthony Hensley believes lawmakers will have to amend the current year’s budget.
 
“The question now is by how much? I don’t anticipate January, February and March are going to be positive months. I think we’re going to see more of the same,” says Hensley.
 
Republican House Speaker Ray Merrick blames the national economy and President Obama’s fiscal policies for the drop in state sales tax collections.
 
“When the going gets tough, Kansas families pore over their household budgets. That is why I am committed to an in-depth review of the state budget to ensure each tax dollar is being spent as effectively as possible," says Merrick.
 
The shortfall adds to the projected deficit for the next fiscal year, which could approach $200 million.

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Kansas collected $27 million less than expected in taxes last month. That was largely driven by sagging income and sales tax collections. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, that’s enough to erase the state’s small projected savings account.


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Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan says it’s too early to tell if it’s a one-time drop in income taxes or a trend.

Unless the coming months beat projections, Kansas will again be in a budget deficit for the current fiscal year. Democratic state Senator Anthony Hensley believes lawmakers will have to amend the current year’s budget.
 
“The question now is by how much? I don’t anticipate January, February and March are going to be positive months. I think we’re going to see more of the same,” says Hensley.
 
Republican House Speaker Ray Merrick blames the drop in state sales tax collections on a struggling national economy and President Obama’s fiscal policies.

 

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