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    • Headlines

      More state pension plans cutting assumed return rates

      Pensions & Investments | by Hazel Bradford | July 23, 2012

      Market, budgetary, political pressures spur reductions.

    • Headlines

      Making college affordable: five ways that states, schools are trying to help

      The Christian Science Monitor | by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo | July 20, 2012

      "Now more than ever, public higher-education institutions and state officials will need to work together to improve access and performance while spending resources wisely and cutting costs," said Scott Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers.

    • Headlines

      Budget reform group says public pension liabilities understated

      Pensions & Investments | by Hazel Bradford | July 19, 2012

      The average public defined benefit pension plan is only 41% funded, when calculated by the same accounting methods used by the private sector, according to a report from State Budget Solutions.

    • Headlines

      Public Sector Pensions: How Well Funded Are They, Really?

      State Budget Solutions | by Andrew G. Biggs | July 18, 2012

      This groundbreaking report on the true scope of the state and local public pension crisis. The average public employee pension plan is only 41 percent funded while total unfunded liabilities as of 2011 are at least $4.6 trillion. Click here to download the complete report.

    • Headlines

      States Make Tough Calls To Close Budget Gaps

      National Public Radio | July 18, 2012

      Over half of U.S. states will have to close a combined budget gap of 55 billion dollars, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in the 2013 fiscal year. To avoid raising taxes, most states are implementing continued cuts to deal with budget shortfalls.

    • Headlines

      Fiscal Crisis in States Will Last Beyond Slump, Report Warns

      The New York Times | by Mary Williams Walsh and Michael Cooper | July 17, 2012

      The fiscal crisis for states will persist long after the economy rebounds as states confront financial problems that include rising health care costs, underfunded pensions, ignored infrastructure needs, eroding revenues and expected federal budget cuts, according to a report issued here Tuesday by a task force of respected budget experts.

    • Research

      State Budget Crisis Task Force Report

      State Budget Crisis Task Force | by Richard Ravitch and Paul Volcker | July 17, 2012

      State finances are not transparent and often include hidden liabilities as well as rapidly growing responsibilities which are difficult to control.  While state revenues are gradually recovering from the drastic decline of the Great Recession, they are not growing sufficiently to keep pace with the spending required by Medicaid costs, pensions, and other responsibilities and obligations.  This has resulted in persistent and growing structural deficits in many states which threaten their fiscal sustainability.

    • Headlines

      Governors come out swinging over Medicaid

      MSNBC.com | by Lisa Lambert | July 14, 2012

      In the two weeks since the court's decision, five Republican governors have opted out of expanding their states' programs and at least four more are leaning toward the same. Many more are undecided.

    • Headlines

      Little-known U.S. board stokes hot pension debate

      Reuters | by Nanette Byrnes | July 11, 2012

      For some states and municipalities the new rules, taking effect in 2013 and 2014, mean acknowledging that pensions for police, firefighters, teachers and other municipal workers are woefully underfunded liabilities.

    • Headlines

      Public pension finances could soon look shakier

      CNNMoney.com | by Tami Luhby | July 2, 2012

      The new rules also change the accounting for pension assets and liabilities, in part by requiring states to value assets based on current market prices.


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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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      Williams Report - February 3, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | February 3, 2016

      State Budget and Pension News from Statehouses Around the Country

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      Williams Report - October 6, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 6, 2015

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    • RESEARCH

      Common Core Costs: Examining California's Five Largest School Districts

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | September 16, 2014

      There seems to be an endless amount of controversy surrounding the Common Core. Vocal supporters and critics are not hard to find. This report suggests that there is another point of contention to consider: the costs of the technology upgrades required to implement Common Core.

    • HEADLINES

      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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    • 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.

    • Solutions

      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.

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      Williams Report - February 3, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | February 3, 2016

      State Budget and Pension News from Statehouses Around the Country

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      Williams Report - October 6, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 6, 2015

      Join us on Twitter by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

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      Williams Report - September 8, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 8, 2015

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      Williams Report - August 18, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 18, 2015

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      Williams Report - August 4, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 4, 2015

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      Williams Report - June 23, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | June 23, 2015

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      Williams Report - June 13, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | June 13, 2015

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      Williams Report - May 20, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | May 20, 2015

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      Williams Report - April 29, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | April 29, 2015

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    • Look Out For These Pension Gimmicks

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Bob Williams | April 15, 2015

      States have a few tricks up their sleeves to hide true pension liabilities.


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