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State budget still has less revenue than expenditures

Next year’s state budget could be the fourth fiscal year in a row with less general fund income than expenses, former state budget director Duane Goossen noted. “Each year lawmakers have scrambled to fill the resulting gap, first by blowing through $709 million in reserves, and then by withdrawing record amounts from the highway fund and other funds,” Goossen wrote in a blog post for the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget for next fiscal year has expenditures exceeding recurring revenues by about $300 million. – Phillip Brownlee