TOPEKA – Lawmakers could be faced with cutting more than $100 million from the state's current budget when they return to Topeka in January, the House budget committee heard Monday.
That assumes there are no further revenue drops, the governor does not order more cuts and state agencies do not request additional money to cover their budget needs.
The latter is unlikely. Alan Conroy, director of legislative research, told the House Appropriations Committee that the state Education Department already had a request of about $91 million additional funds, due in part to more students using free or reduced lunches and an influx in students.
Revenue news was not good in September, which reflected taxes from back to school shopping, money from the federal "Cash for Clunkers Program" and the first quarter of estimated income taxes, Conroy said.
Taxes came in about $67 million below estimated revenues, he said.
"Bottom line the news is not good, we are down about 5 percent overall and it is almost all in individual income taxes," he said.
Chairman Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, noted that lawmakers could be coming back to a deficit similar to what they faced at the start of the 2009 Legislative session.
"It's going to take some pretty good work to figure out how to resolve this"