It was a relief that the state’s tax collections in February exceeded estimates by $22 million. Another drop in revenue would have been disastrous, as Gov. Sam Brownback already has cut funding for state agencies and public schools to try to cover the current-year budget shortfall. Even with the additional revenue, the state is still $37 million off pace from its projections for this fiscal year – and those projections were significantly lowered last November. Last month’s tax collections also were $19 million less than what the state collected in February 2014. – Phillip Brownlee
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