Kansas officials meeting to draft new fiscal forecast

TOPEKA | State officials and university economists are meeting to draft a new fiscal forecast for Kansas.

It's expected to be more pessimistic than the existing one, because of the nation's troubled economy.

The group convened at about 1 p.m. Tuesday and planned to release its new forecast later in the day.

Participants will revise projections for the state's anticipated general revenue collections during the current fiscal year. The current figure is a little more than $6 billion.

The group also will make the first prediction for fiscal year 2010, which begins next July.

Legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will use the new numbers in making budget decisions. They'd already anticipated budget problems before the meeting.