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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.

Stephen Koranda

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.

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Kansas lawmakers have begun working on a proposal to study the state’s government for efficiency. As Stephen Koranda reports, the state will hire a firm to comb through and evaluate how Kansas spends money.

Kansas lawmakers included $3 million in the budget to pay for the study.

Republican Rep. Ron Ryckman is leading a group drawing up the contract documents. The hope is an outside firm could scour state government in a way that lawmakers can’t.

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has made $63 million in adjustments to the Kansas budget. The changes will boost the state savings account to help avoid a deficit next year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the largest change is in SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is unveiling $50 million in adjustments to the Kansas budget. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, few details are being offered in advance of this afternoon's news conference.

Governor Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, will explain the budget changes in a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse. The plan is likely to include some spending cuts, other savings and shifting money around within the budget. The governor himself won't be on hand, as he's scheduled to be in Wichita.

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