State Budgets 2012: Kansas



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Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012: Convened January 9, 2012
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Twenty agencies are on a biennial budget cycle with the rest on an annual cycle

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Budget News and Information: 2012


6/1/12: Brownback Signs $14B Kansas Budget, Vetos Some Items

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback approved the state’s $14 billion budget Thursday, saying it was the first in several years to maintain the 7.5 percent ending balance required by state law.

Read more: The Kansas City Business Journal


4/27/12: Negotiators Reach Deal on Cuts in Kansas Income, Property Taxes

House and Senate negotiators struck a deal on an income and property tax reduction bill Thursday that advocates say could create jobs and opponents say could shift the tax burden toward lower- and middle-class Kansans.

Read more: The Kansas City Star


4/19/12: Kan. Senate Panel to Finish Budget Plan Next Week

A Kansas Senate committee has postponed a vote until next week on a proposed state budget exceeding $14 billion.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek


4/13/12: State to Issue New Fiscal Forecast

Kansas officials and university economists are preparing to issue new forecasts of state revenue through June 2013.

Read more: The Topeka Capital-Journal


4/5/12: Kansas Court Employees to be Furloughed Because of Budget Shortfall

District and appellate courts will be closed statewide and employees will be on furlough on five dates in April, May and June to deal with a shortage in state funding, Lawton R. Nuss, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, announced Wednesday morning.

Read more: Salina Journal


3/30/12: Arts Key Issue in $14.1 Billion Kansas Compromise Budget

Kansas legislators were considering a compromise $14.1 billion budget plan Friday that could set up another confrontation with Gov. Sam Brownback over arts funding.

Read more: The Wichita Eagle


3/22/12: Kansas Senate Passes Proposed $14.2 Billion Budget

The Kansas Senate approved a proposed $14.2 billion state budget on Wednesday that's slightly more generous than one proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek


3/16/12: Kan. House to Debate Proposed $14.1B State Budget

The Kansas House is preparing to debate a proposed $14.1 billion state budget that has drawn bipartisan criticism over withholding of some education funds.

Read more: Salina Journal


3/10/12: Senators Tout Tax Plan to Bring Jobs

Senate Republican leaders on Friday introduced tax incentives that they said will increase bioscience and manufacturing jobs in Kansas without harming the state budget.

Read more: Lawrence Journal-World


3/9/12: Draft of State Budget Nears Completion

A key Kansas House committee is nearing the end of its work on a draft of the state budget.  The House Appropriations Committee planned to meet most of Friday to complete work on the bill. Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, says it closely follows the budget submitted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Read more: The Topeka Capital-Journal


3/4/12: Kansas Budget Discussions Churn in Silence

Unlike recent years when all eyes in the Kansas Statehouse have been on the budget, two legislative committees that handle budgetary issues continue to toil in relative silence.

Read more: Salina Journal


Budget News and Information: Previous Budget Cycles


4/15/11: Kansas Forecasters Cut Revenue Projections $32 Million

Kansas officials on Friday predicted solid economic growth through June 2012, even as they cut the state's revenue projections for the same period by $32 million and possibly complicated the Legislature's budget debate.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek

4/6/11: Moody's Cuts Kansas Outlook To Negative Over Ongoing Budget Troubles

Moody's Investors Service lowered its outlook on Kansas to negative, citing several budget challenges for the Midwestern state.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

3/31/11: Kansas House Debates 2012 Budget

House members acknowledging bleak financial times found nearly $280,000 planned for paper clips and bottled water in the 2012 Kansas budget and proposed transferring it to a hospital for the developmentally disabled.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek

3/4/11: Kan. Talks on Cutting Current Budget Still Stalled

Kansas legislative negotiators made no progress this week on a bill sought by Gov. Sam Brownback to trim spending from the current budget because they weren't talking Friday about how to meet his goal while satisfying the federal government's demand to increase spending on public schools' special education programs.
The key issue is covering $26 million in special education costs. U.S. Department of Education officials have told Kansas that if it doesn't spend the money, it will lose the same amount of federal funds each year going forward.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek