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Budget shows state has revenue problem

The state budget for next fiscal year that was approved by the Kansas Senate shows that the state has a revenue problem, not a spending problem, argues former state budget director Duane Goossen. He noted that the Senate plan spends $667 million more than the current revenue estimates (which will be updated next week). “A clear goal of Senate lawmakers was to crank down expenditures to the lowest possible level,” Goossen wrote. “Yet they still propose spending $667 million more than they take in.” Transfers from the state highway fund are helping cover the gap, but that’s a temporary fix. “Lawmakers have to face up to the fact that they must make revenue match expenditures,” Goosen said. “Unaffordable income tax cuts caused the problem. That’s the place to look for a correction.” – Phillip Brownlee