Legislators from south-central Kansas gathered Thursday at Wichita State University for a public forum, the second one this week.
The forum began with a look at the state's projected $350 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year.
J.G. Scott, assistant director of fiscal affairs for the Kansas Legislative Research Department, told lawmakers that neither reversing the state's income tax exemptions nor increasing sales tax rates would fill the hole for 2017.
He gave two options for balancing the budget.