Kansas revenue tops forecast for August

TOPEKA | The Kansas revenue department says the state collected $6.9 million more in taxes than had been expected for August.

Monday's preliminary report put August revenue at $376.8 million. The state's economic forecasters had predicted August collections to total $369.9 million.

Final number won't be released for several days as the agency adjusts the totals to account for various transfers and other factors.

Kansas legislators expect the state will continue to see soft revenue collections through the rest of the year.

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee began a series of meetings on how to trim state spending in light of a projected budget deficit of nearly $500 million.