TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas policymakers are expected to learn
within days just how well they did at cutting government spending
and collecting revenue in the last fiscal year.
Preliminary numbers from legislative staff suggest the figure
could be as much as $175 million in the bank as Kansas enters
fiscal year 2012. That's a far cry from where the state was just a
short six months ago when Gov. Sam Brownback and the
Republican-controlled Legislature was staring at a deficit that
approached $500 million.
Brownback and legislators trimmed spending by close to $800
million in the state's overall $14 billion budget from the previous
year, including reducing funds for public schools by $232 per
Now, with revenues improving, the State Board of Education is
asking that those funds be restored.