Kansas to delay school aid payment in budget crunch

TOPEKA | Kansas' budget director says the state will delay payments to public schools to avoid a budget deficit.

Budget Director Duane Goossen said Friday that state officials expect tax collections in May to fall about $100 million short of expectations. That would leave the state with a deficit when its current fiscal year ends June 30.

Goossen said $130 million in payments to schools, to finance their special education programs, are due Monday. They will be delayed several weeks.

Goossen said state also could delay $52 million in other payments to school districts in June.

The delays are designed to buy the state time. Gov. Mark Parkinson said Thursday night that he expects to impose cuts in the budget approved for the fiscal year beginning July 1.