By Carrie Larsen
April 27, 2016
The Kansas Center for Economic Growth says they’re not impressed with any of the budget balancing options proposed by Gov. Brownback last week.
Leaders from statewide organizations, including Kansas Action for Children, the Kansas-National Education Association, the Kansas Organization of State Employees, and the Kansas Contractors Association, voiced concerns with the three options at the Statehouse Wednesday morning.
The three options established by state revenue leaders and the governor would take money from higher education, K-DOT and early childhood programs, among other cuts.
The Kansas Dept. of Transportation has already been forced to suspend 25 projects over the next year and a half due to the state’s money issues.
KCEG is proposing an alternative fourth option, where lawmakers would take away all tax cuts implemented in 2012, but looking at the recent revenue forecast, they believe there is even more work to be done.
“Right now, our structural gap for this year is about $400M and it looks to be the same in future years. We’ve got to do something that addresses the march to zero; That certainly starts with the business exemption, but it’s going to take more than that,” said Annie McKay, executive director of KCEG.
Lawmakers in both chambers resumed session Wednesday morning, and will continue discussing how to fix the budget throughout the end of the session.