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    • Headlines : Kansas

      State awaits governor's tax plan

      The Topeka Capital-Journal | by Andy Marso | January 8, 2012

      Gov. Sam Brownback wants cuts to state income taxes, which he said will spur growth, which in turn will allow more cuts.

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      In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts

      The Washington Post | by Annie Gowen | December 22, 2011

      In the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback plans to roll out proposals to change the way schools in Kansas are funded, taxes are levied and state pensions are administered.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Retirement plans for state's hires may change

      The Wichita Eagle | by Brent D. Wistrom | December 8, 2011

      Future employees in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and those who aren't vested by July 2013 would have 401K-style investments under a defined contribution plan recommended by the KPERS Study Commission.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Analysis: Pension woes likely to linger

      The Topeka Capital-Journal | by John Hanna | December 5, 2011

      A commission created this year to consider changes for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System is grappling with the knowledge that whatever it proposes, closing the system's long-term funding gap is likely to squeeze the state budget for years.

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      Kansas Legislature’s Legal Authority to Modify the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS)

      by John L. Utz | November 29, 2011

      Report explaining the Kansas legislature's ability to make modifications to benefits under the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, and specifically describing the legislature's ability to provide for lesser benefits than are currently provided under KPERS.

    • 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.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      KPERS refinancing costs head to potential $5 billion

      Kansas Reporter | by Gene Meyer | November 2, 2011
      Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, and several legislators have been advocating curbing some of that future exposure by offering new KPERS members some version of a 401(k)-style retirement savings plan instead of traditional benefits.
    • Headlines : Kansas

      KU gives state $4.5 million; state spends it on Capitol restoration

      The De Soto Explorer | by Laura Herring | August 30, 2011

      The money came from bond proceeds for the recently-completed KU pharmacy building. The pharmacy building was completed $4.5 million under budget. "This doesn't happen very often," said Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Kansas Gov. Brownback rejects federal health care grant

      The Wichita Eagle | by Brent D. Wistrom | August 15, 2011

      Citing the federal government's debt obligations, Gov. Sam Brownback said he will return a $31.5 million federal grant intended to help implement the new federal health care law.

    • Headlines : Kansas

      Kansas offers buyouts to 4,000 state workers

      Kansas Reporter | by Gene Meyer | August 3, 2011

      Kansas is offering up to five years of subsidized health insurance or a cash buyout to 4,000 of its nearly 23,000 state employees to take an early retirement and relieve pressure on the state budget.


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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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    • Pensions :

    • HEADLINES

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

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      Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

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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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      Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

      There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

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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 Lawmaker’s 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 Broken—Let 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.

    • Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

    • U.S. public pension gap widened to nearly $1 trillion in fiscal year 2012

      Reuters | by Robin Respaut | April 2, 2014

      The unfunded liabilities of public-employee pension plans rose by 10 percent in fiscal 2012 to a record $914 billion, hit by low investment returns, missed contributions and unfunded benefits, underscoring the pension funding crisis in U.S. states and cities, a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts said.

    • Some state pensions in dire straits

      USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

      Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.

    • Great Expectations: States still use unrealistic pension assumptions

      Watchdog.org | by Eric Boehm | March 19, 2014

      A recent study by the Society of Actuaries, a national industry group, concluded that states and municipalities shouldn’t use discount rates that are unlikely to be achieved.

    • How to Become a (Public Pension) Millionaire

      The Wall Street Journal | by Andrew Biggs | March 17, 2014

      In five states, an average full-career retiree receives a retirement income higher than his final salary.

    • US public pensions need more than investment windfall

      CNBC.com | March 10, 2014

      The higher-than-expected returns since 2012 are welcome, but experts say they don't make up for a legacy of insufficient funding, a problem that afflicts many states that allow elected officials to control the process.

    • Buffett Says Pension Tapeworm Means Decade of Bad News

      Bloomberg News | by Noah Buhayar and Zachary Tracer | March 3, 2014

      "Local and state financial problems are accelerating, in large part because public entities promised pensions they couldn't afford," Buffett said. "Unfortunately, pension mathematics today remain a mystery to most Americans."

    • Study rates public pension overhauls in other states

      Sacramento Bee - State Worker | by Jon Ortiz | February 27, 2014

      Public pension-change efforts in states that have rolled back benefits share some common characteristics, according to a paper issued today by the influential Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

    • Public Pension Tabs Multiply as States Defer Costs and Hard Choices

      The New York Times | by Rick Lyman and Mary Williams Walsh | February 25, 2014

      More than 40 states have taken steps in recent years to rein in mounting public employee pension costs that threaten to strangle government services. But none have come close to closing their pension gaps quickly enough to keep pace with a rapidly aging - and retiring - public work force.


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