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Gov. Sam Brownback’s three options for balancing the state budget include taking about $185 million from the highway fund.

As a result, the Kansas Department of Transportation is holding off on 25 major projects, including two in Reno and Harvey counties.

Fourteen projects will be delayed in fiscal year 2017 at an estimated construction cost of $271 million; 9 projects are on hold in the fiscal year 2018 at an estimated construction cost of $247 million; and two projects are on hold in fiscal year 2019 at an estimated construction cost of $35 million.

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Estimates for Kansas tax collections were ratcheted down sharply yesterday. The state’s projected revenues dropped by a quarter-billion dollars over the next year-and-a-half. That leaves Kansas with a budget deficit. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing plans for erasing the shortfall.

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Tax collections in Kansas were more than $50 million short of estimates last month. That puts the state back into a budget deficit. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the numbers prompted the governor to announce a cut to university budgets.

Kansas came up short on individual income, corporate income and sales tax collections.

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Kansas collected $27 million less than expected in taxes last month, largely driven by sagging income and sales tax receipts. The drop is enough to erase the state’s small estimated savings account.

Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan says it’s too early to tell if it’s a one-time drop in income taxes or a trend.

“It is the first time this fiscal year that individual income tax receipts have not grown compared to the prior fiscal year to date,” Jordan says.

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Kansas tax collections beat projections last month. Taxes were $8 million above estimates and adding in other sources of state revenue brings the November surplus to more than $15 million.

Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan says individual income taxes and retail sales taxes were two of the bright spots in the month of November.

“We aren’t going to throw too big a party yet, but it’s one month and it’s a good sign that there’s been some growth this month,” Jordan says.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas has "a good shot" at making its new revenue projections and avoiding a deficit in its current budget.

Brownback told reporters Monday that he's hoping a new fiscal forecast will hold and, "We'll be in fine shape."

University economists, legislative researchers and officials in Brownback's administration issued the new forecast Friday. It slashed $354 million from projections for state revenues from now through June 2017.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is taking some budget options off the table for now in the face of sagging revenue numbers.

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Kansas is only three months into a new fiscal year and already tax collections have come in below estimates in each of the three months.

Kansas officials are preparing a new fiscal forecast to guide Governor Brownback and lawmakers in making budget decisions.

The forecasters include legislative researchers, members of Brownback’s budget stuff, Department of Revenue officials, and university economists.

They’re meeting this afternoon to revise earlier revenue projections for the current fiscal year and for the fiscal year beginning in July.

Since July 2013, the state has collected $141 million dollars more than anticipated.

Kansas officials and economists will gather next week to study revenue projections for the coming year.

They hope to find out if the state economy is growing and if tax receipts will keep government afloat.

Legislative leaders on gave differing views yesterday of what the projections for what the next fiscal year will look like, but agreed that the state faces challenges.

Tax collections through March were $130 million dollars above the forecasters’ November estimate.

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