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    • Headlines : Kansas

      Kan. Senate approves $14.4B budget plan

      Businessweek | by John Milburn | May 3, 2012

      The Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved a $14.4 billion state budget for the next fiscal year after adding money for public schools and property tax relief.

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      States scaling back pensions to save money amid budget crunches; workers question fairness

      The Washington Post | May 1, 2012

      The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that since 2009, 43 states have boosted the slice of money workers must pay toward their own retirement, changed the age when a retiree can get benefits or modified their pension plans in other ways.

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      Public Finances: Shining Light on a Dark Corner

      April 30, 2012

      The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland recently released three reports based on a year of research that show state and municipal finances are some of the "headwinds" that threaten economic recovery.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Legislative budget impasse will cause court closings, furloughs, Chief Justice Nuss says

      The Lawrence Journal World | by Scott Rothschild | April 5, 2012

      Kansans won't have access to the state judicial system for five days because the Legislature adjourned last week for its annual break without approving a $1.4 million supplemental appropriation for the judicial branch.

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      Kan. budget agreement unravels just before vote

      The Salina Journal | April 2, 2012

      An agreement among Kansas legislators over a proposed $14.1 billion state budget unraveled Friday, postponing big spending decisions for several weeks and possibly creating headaches for agencies and their clients.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Brownback endorses using casino funds for pensions

      The Kansas City Star | March 27, 2012

      Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has endorsed a proposal to use revenues from state-owned casinos to bolster the long-term financial health of the pension system for teachers and government workers.

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      Senate advances $14B budget bill

      The Topeka Capital-Journal | by Tim Carpenter | March 22, 2012

      The $14 billion budget bill that moved briskly through the chamber cuts overall spending by 4 percent, or $572 million, during the fiscal year starting July 1.

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      Kansas House gives budget first-round approval

      The Kansas City Star | by John Hanna | March 17, 2012

      Kansas House members gave first-round approval to a proposed $14.1 billion state budget after members boosted spending on mental health services and to help public schools cover unanticipated costs.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      State senators propose adding rainy-day fund to constitution

      The Wichita Eagle | by Adam Strunk | January 30, 2012

      Under the proposal, the state would be required to deposit up to 1 percent of its budget into the account when the state has a year-end balance of 3 percent or more. When the account reaches 15 percent of the previous year’s tax revenue, the state would not be required to continue to make deposits.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Brownback releases a tight Kansas budget proposal

      The Kansas City Star | January 12, 2012

      The proposed Kansas budget plan calls for spending a little less than $6.1 billion in general state revenues on government programs, compared to a little more than $6.1 billion under the current budget. The difference is about $39 million, or a little less than 1 percent.


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    • Budget timeline: Annual (although smaller agencies may receive biennial budgets)

      Fiscal Year starts: July 1

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

       

      Gov. BrownbackGov. Sam Brownback
      Office of Governor Sam Brownback
      State Capitol
      2nd Floor
      Topeka, KS 66612-1590
      Phone: (785) 296-3232
      Fax: (785) 296-7973
      http://governor.ks.gov/

       

       

      Steve Anderson, Director of the Budget
      Division of the Budget
      900 SW Jackson, Suite 504
      Landon State Office Building
      Topeka, KS 66612
      Phone (785) 296-2436
      Fax: (785) 296-0231
      http://budget.ks.gov/
      budget.info@budget.ks.gov
      steve.anderson@budget.ks.gov

       

       

      Kansas is required to pass a "balanced budget." Section 75-3722 of the state law requires the "secretary of administration, on advice of the director of the budget, must assure that expenditures for any particular fiscal year will not exceed the available resources of the general fund or any special revenue fund for that fiscal year." Kansas law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      The State has five major governmental funds: the General Fund, the Transportation Fund, the Transportation-Capital Projects Fund, the Health Policy Authority Fund, and the Social and Rehabilitation Fund. Annual budgets are adopted on a cash basis with encumbrance modifications for all governmental funds. All major funds are budgeted except for the Transportation-Capital Projects Fund.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

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    • HEADLINES

      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

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      Fitch: State pension plans' funding climbs in 2013 despite low contributions

      Pensions & Investments | by Rob Kozlowski | May 15, 2014

      While the funding ratios of U.S. state defined benefit pension plans improved in fiscal year 2013, significant challenges remain, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

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      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

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      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

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      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
    • Solutions

      Solutions to the public pension crisis

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

      Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

    • Solutions: Kansas

      A Budget Stabilization Plan for Kansas

      The Kansas Policy Institute | by Barry W. Poulson | November 29, 2011

      This study proposes a budget stabilization plan for Kansas, which is a rules-based approach to state budgeting. A tax-and-expenditure rule is linked to rules for the disposition of surplus revenue. Under a rules-based approach to budgeting, surplus revenue is used to meet emergencies, stabilize the budget over the business cycle and/or earmarked to fund one-time capital projects. Once those needs are met, remaining surplus revenue is returned to taxpayers in rebates or used to reduce tax rates.

    • Solutions: Colorado, Kansas

      State Pension Funds Fall Off a Cliff

      by Barry Paulson, Arthur Hall | January 28, 2011

      This study examines different measures of historical and current funding shortfalls in state pension plans. Two case studies are examined in greater depth to explore some fatal flaws that have caused funding crises in these plans: Public Employee Retirement Association of Colorado (PERA) and the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS).

    • Solutions: Kansas

      Commonsense Budget Proposal

      April 14, 2010

      The Commonsense Budget for Kansas provides some specific examples of the application of these commonsense fiscal policies to agencies and programs to give citizens and law makers a roadmap on how to weather the current economic downturn as well as reduce Kansas' individual income tax rate.