Brownback’s State of the State Speech, including Budget Stratedgy, Set for Thursday Night
January 15, 2015

(AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to outline his agenda for lawmakers’ 90-day session in his annual State of the State speech and is expected to address a strategy for closing the state’s looming budget shortfalls.

The Republican governor is giving his speech Thursday evening to a joint session of the Republican-dominated Legislature.

Brownback is likely to disclose at least the outlines of his plan for dealing with the state’s financial problems before releasing detailed budget proposals Friday.

He and legislators must close budget shortfalls totaling more than $710 million for the current fiscal year and the one beginning July 1.

The shortfalls arose after legislators cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging to boost the economy.

Kansas Educators Expect to Talk of Budget cuts Wedneaday
November 11, 2014

(AP) – Kansas education leaders fear a new revenue forecast requiring the state to make $278 million in cuts for the current fiscal year will result in a school funding reduction.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the state’s fiscal situation is expected to be discussed at a Kansas Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. Board member Janet Waugh says education spending in the state already is down to the bare bones.

State Department of Education officials say they don’t think Brownback or the Legislature plans to cut K-12 spending because of statements they have made that indicated education would not be targeted.

Brownback’s budget director announced more than $100 million in proposed savings during the fall gubernatorial campaign, and said an additional list of $50 million in cuts would be revealed soon.