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Sales tax shortfalls have lawmakers worried

State lawmakers are starting to worry because sales tax collections aren’t meeting projections, which could lead to more budget problems. Sales tax revenue has been less than predicted each of the past three months, for a total shortfall of nearly $25 million, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. If that trend continues, it could wipe out most of the state’s projected ending balance for this fiscal year. Raising the statewide sales tax was a key element in balancing the current-year budget. “We’re missing it by an enormous number,” said Sen. Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, “so we’ve got to figure it out.” – Phillip Brownlee