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Sales tax collections continue to fall short

A $27 million drop in individual income tax collections last month is concerning and has state revenue officials baffled. But the bigger worry is that sales tax collections continue to miss the forecasts (by $12 million in February). The Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback raised the statewide sales tax rate to help fill the state’s budget shortfall. Yet sales tax collections have failed to meet the estimates nine out of the past 10 months. That indicates the state’s economy isn’t performing as well as Gov. Sam Brownback has said. It is also troubling because the state shifted more of its tax burden to retail sales. – Phillip Brownlee