Kansas collects $23 million less than expected in December

TOPEKA | Kansas' projected budget gap has grown because of lower-than-expected revenue collections last month.

The Kansas Legislative Research Department reported today that December revenues were almost $23 million less than anticipated. The shortfall was 4.3 percent.

The state anticipated collecting $536 million and took in about $513 million.

The Research Department now projects a budget shortfall of $392 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Legislators and Gov. Mark Parkinson must close the gap. Lawmakers open their annual 90-day session Monday.