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More state budget cuts, transfers likely

The $125 million in state budget cuts and transfers that the Brownback administration announced likely are just the start. Assuming tax revenue doesn’t continue to miss estimates, the adjustment would leave the state with only a $5.6 million ending balance next June 30. State budget director Shawn Sullivan has acknowledged that isn’t sufficient. He said that more cuts and adjustments likely will be necessary. Also, the new, lowered revenue estimates still assume that the state will collect $30 million from its recent tax amnesty program – which remains to be seen. And, of course, a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school finance could blow a huge hole in the state’s finances. – Phillip Brownlee