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Kansas Tax Collections Expected to Come Up Short in June, Perhaps by $30 Million or More

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan speaking last year.  (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas wraps up the fiscal year Friday with tax revenue numbers for June. The state is expected to come up short, with some reports saying tax collections could miss the mark by more than $30 million. Stephen Koranda has more.

It’s rare that Kansas officials offer any hints at how the revenue numbers will turn out, but recently Budget Director Shawn Sullivan did just that. He said he expects state revenues will miss the estimates and put Kansas further into a budget deficit as the state ends the fiscal year.

Sullivan proposed some options for covering the shortfall, including delaying a payment to schools and taking money from the highway fund and other areas of the budget.
“Obviously, we don’t like doing any of these four things, but it is the situation that we’re in for this fiscal year and that we have to deal with,” says Sullivan.
Sullivan says the state already has a budget deficit that tops $40 million. The revenue numbers Friday will determine how much that grows and what the state needs to do to eliminate the shortfall.

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