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A major financial rating agency says a structural imbalance in Kansas' budget is "likely to persist" even after the state increased income taxes.

S&P Global Ratings said in a report this week that while the state boosted its revenues, it also increased spending for the next two years. S&P also said the state still is diverting money from highway projects to sustain other spending and is not fully funding contributions to public pensions.

S&P did not change its negative credit outlook for Kansas.


The final public hearing on the Sedgwick County budget takes place on Thursday night. County commissioners are expected to vote on the 2017 budget proposal next week.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar explains the forecasted operating deficit.

The county manager is recommending a budget of $424 million with an operating deficit of about $4.5 million.

The deficit will be due primarily to one-time capital improvement projects and the commissioners’ desire to fund road and bridge projects with cash instead of bonds.

City Of Wichita Issues 2015 Financial Report

Jun 29, 2016

The City of Wichita's recently released 2015 financial report indicates slightly higher debt levels, but a strong reserve balance.

The report is required by the State of Kansas. City finances are also audited by an outside accounting firm.

According to the annual report, the city’s reserve balance is 11.4 percent, which exceeds the minimum reserve level of 10 percent. Wichita has also maintained a stable mill levy.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has until later this week to take action on a budget passed by Kansas lawmakers. It’s likely he’ll sign it into law, but as KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, there will be some budget cutting associated with the new spending plan.

Kansas lawmakers approved a budget that isn’t balanced, with the assumption that the governor will make millions of dollars in spending cuts. The state Constitution says there must be enough revenue to cover expenses. Brownback says he can make budget cuts before signing the bill into law to comply with that.

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Sedgwick County is beginning the process for establishing next year’s budget.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the first step is hearing from the people who carry out the county’s functions.

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Kansas lawmakers are slated to vote on a bill Sunday that would delay a payment into the state pension plan and cut government spending to balance the budget.

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This week, Kansas lawmakers approved a budget and sent it to the governor, but that doesn’t mean their budget work is done.

The spending plan eliminated a projected deficit, but doesn’t leave the state with much money.

Republican Rep. Ron Ryckman says they’ll be studying efficiency recommendations they hope can help build the savings account starting next year.

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The 2016 Kansas legislative session starts next month. KPR’s Stephen Koranda sat down to talk with Gov. Sam Brownback about his outlook on taxes, the budget and education.

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A budget deficit is all but certain to emerge in Kansas with new, more pessimistic revenue projections expected in the coming week.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback already has ruled out further tax increases after sales and cigarette taxes went up in July. And legislators aren't much interested anyway after the bitter, record-long annual session.

State officials learn Monday whether tax collections in October met expectations after falling short in recent months.

A budget proposed by Sedgwick County officials that includes millions of dollars worth of funding cuts continues to affect the city’s budget talks.

County officials have recommended cutting over $500,000 in funding for the Sedgwick County Day Reporting Center, which offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent, low-level criminals. The program also offers counseling and substance abuse treatment.