Top Morning News 11.30.12

Nov 30, 2012

The state is expected to release new tax revenue numbers today; A Juvenile Justice Official says the facility in Topeka has improved after issues of security arose earlier this year; WSU hosts Gordon Parks' third wife in honor of his 100th birthday.

State Tax Report Out Friday

The Kansas Department of Revenue is preparing to issue a report on whether state tax collections in November met expectations.

The report due out Friday is the first since officials issued a new fiscal forecast that projects revenues for the current and next fiscal years.

Legislative researchers now project a budget shortfall of $328 million by June 2014 that will have to be closed by lawmakers next year. The state expects to collect $458 million in taxes in November and $6.2 billion in total revenues during the current fiscal year. It anticipates revenues dropping to less than $5.5 billion for the fiscal year starting in July 2013.

Kansas enacted massive income tax cuts this year. Critics contend the reductions have led to budget problems.

Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Is Improving

A two-part audit released recently has pointed out significant problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka.

Earlier this year, the audit found safety and security problems at the facility. The second part of the audit criticized the education and substance abuse programs.

The head of the juvenile corrections system in Kansas testified yesterday before lawmakers, saying the facility is improving.


A Tribute To Gordon Parks On His 100th Birthday

Friday marks the centennial of the birth of photographer, composer, filmmaker and author Gordon Parks. Celebrations have been held across the country in his honor, including several events at Wichita State University.