Drought Could Affect Budget
KSCB News - May 9, 2011 8:15 am
The effects of a deepening southwestern
Kansas drought seem to go on forever when viewed from a Kansas
National Guard helicopter.
Parched fields that never spouted, burnt railroads and brown
pastures stretch into the dust-tinged horizon. Many areas have
received less than two-thirds of their normal rainfall over the
Legislative leaders say the drought’s full effects won’t be
known for some time, but likely will be felt in state revenue
That’s a concern as House and Senate negotiators try to finish
the 2012 budget. There are signs the state economy is emerging from
the recession, but a slump in agriculture could blunt the recovery
and force further cuts in state services.