state budget en State Workers Could Receive Bonus Under New Budget Deal <p>State lawmakers have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.</p><p>Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation. They shook a gloomy state revenue report and ignored that the state’s bond rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services.</p><p>The proposal now includes $11 million dollars to give the state’s nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus.</p><p>The budget agreement also preserves guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:36:21 +0000 Associated Press 33889 at Kansas Lawmakers Begin Work On Spending Agreement <p>Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have begun working on a spending agreement; they’ve also cast aside a bleak revenue report that could undermine a rosier economic forecast leaders are using to justify higher spending.</p><p>The talks started last night, just a few hours after the state Revenue Department reported that April’s tax collections totaled $92 million dollars less than expected.</p><p>State officials blamed changes in the federal tax code on capital gains and other income.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:44:41 +0000 Associated Press 33833 at Kansas Ends 2013 With Budget Revenues On Target <p>Kansas ended 2013 with budget revenues on target, beating the fiscal year to date estimates by $4.3 million dollars.</p><p>The state Department of Revenue's report says Kansas' receipts were $3.3 million dollars, or almost 1 percent, more than expected.</p><p>Corporate income revenue receipts were up almost almost 7 percent-- in part because corporations made about $10 million more in payments this month compared to December 2012.</p><p>The Department of Revenue says this indicates that corporations had larger profits compared to the prior year.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:02:34 +0000 Associated Press 28391 at Kansas Budget Director Resigns <p>Gov. Sam Brownback says he's accepted the resignation of state Budget Director Steve Anderson. The governor commended his work and diligence.</p><p>Anderson will leave his office, effective the end of this month. He says he's taking more time with his wife and sons.</p><p>Anderson is a certified public accountant and managing partner of Anderson, Reichert and Anderson, LLC. The governor named him budget director in late 2010. As a member of the Governor's Economic Growth Team, he worked to strengthen the economy and create jobs for Kansans.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:04:38 +0000 Kate Clause 22053 at Legislature Prepares For Budget Meetings <p>Kansas House and Senate negotiators have delayed the start of talks aimed at smoothing out differences between the budgets passed in each chamber.</p><p>The meeting originally scheduled for early Monday afternoon was canceled because the Senate had not yet officially appointed that chamber's three negotiators.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:44:20 +0000 Stephen Koranda 14682 at Kan. House, Senate Ready To Negotiate Budget Differences <p>The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.</p><p>Conference committees made up of three members from each chamber will work to find a compromise between the different bills. Both chambers will then consider the compromise legislation.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:42:59 +0000 Stephen Koranda 14639 at Top Morning News 3.22.13 <p><em>Senate approves $14B&nbsp;budget; Bill would allow open carry anywhere in Kansas; Committee authorizes bonds to pay KPERS debt.</em></p><p><strong>Kansas Senate Approves $14B Budget</strong></p><p>The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year.</p><p>Thursday's 24-16 vote sends the measure to the House, which approved its own budget bill Wednesday. Negotiators from the two chambers are expected to begin meeting next week to work out a final version.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:43:33 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 14544 at Top Morning News 3.22.13 Kansas House Advances Cuts In Sales, Income Taxes <p>The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill cutting sales and income taxes after rejecting a diversion of highway funds to stabilize the budget.<br><br>The bill advanced Wednesday on an 82-37 vote, suggesting it has enough support to pass on final action, which is expected Thursday.<br><br>The legislation follows up on personal income tax cuts enacted last year by promising income tax rate reductions each year that overall state revenues grow more than 2 percent.<br><br>Also, the bill allows the state sales tax to decline as scheduled in July.<br> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:29:47 +0000 Associated Press 14476 at Top Morning News 3.13.2013 <p><em>Lawmakers hold private meeting, AP protests; Advance ballots ready to go out; US Air Force defends light air support plane contract.</em></p><p><strong>Republican Lawmakers Hold Private Meeting On Taxes</strong></p><p>Kansas Senate Republicans held a private meeting on tax issues Tuesday, ahead of debate on Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to move the state toward phasing out individual income taxes.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:50:25 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 14079 at Top Morning News 3.13.2013 Kan. House Committee Looks To Make Cuts In Budget <p>A Kansas House committee is crafting that chamber's version of the state budget, and more cuts are on the table. The committee is looking at a series of spending cut proposals requested by Gov. Sam Brownback last summer.</p><p>The Brownback administration requested state agencies prepare contingency plans and submit proposals for what they would do if the budget needed a 10 percent cut. Now, some members of the House Appropriations Committee are looking through those proposals for ideas to reduce spending.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:52:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 14018 at