Five things a budget shortfall means for Kansas

A plummeting economy could leave Kansas is a budget shortfall of $650 million by the end of 2021. Filling that gap will be an arduous task for state lawmakers and Gov. Kelly.


State News

April 24, 2020 - 2:55 PM

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TOPEKA — Across the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic is triggering state budget crises. Kansas is no exception, with tax collections expected to plummet by $1.3 billion between now and June 2021.

“This is more than just a little bump in the road,” said Gov. Laura Kelly, who over the next 15 months (or longer) will have to hash out with the Republican-led Legislature how to stay in the black. That’s because the Kansas Constitution prohibits deficit spending.

Here are the five things you need to know about Kansas’ budget situation.

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