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    • Headlines : Kansas

      State budget talks narrow differences

      The Topeka Capital-Journal | by Tim Carpenter | May 14, 2012

      Ten negotiation sessions over two days on a compromise state government budget wrapped up with narrowing points of contention between the House and Senate.

    • Headlines

      Latest studies show growing pension peril

      State Budget Solutions | May 14, 2012

      Recent studies by the U.S. Census Bureau, GAO, ad Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland detail the continued deterioration and chance of failure of public pension systems within the overall local and state government fiscal crisis. Read these studies and check out Frank Keegan's column on the issue.

    • Research

      "GASB Won't Let Me" - A False Objection to Public Pension Reform

      The Laura and John Arnold Foundation | by Robert M. Costrell | May 9, 2012

      Pension reform is a separate issue from amortization. These two issues have been conflated by those invoking the GASB proviso for closed DB plans, but this has only sown confusion. This is clearly demonstrated when the reform is structured with amortization payments on total payroll. In this way, the growth in the base for amortization payments is unaffected by the reform, so there is no policy reason for changing the schedule of these payments. The funding schedule for amortization is a red herring, irrelevant to the fundamental policy decision for pension reform. Amortization pays for past debts; pension reform lays a path toward a responsible future.

    • Research

      Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

      U.S. PIRG | May 9, 2012

      Highways do not - and, except for brief periods in our nation's history - never have paid for themselves through the taxes that highway advocates label "user fees." To have a meaningful national debate over transportation policy-particularly at a time of tight public budgets-it is impor- tant to get past the myths and address the real, difficult choices America must make for the 21st century.

    • Research

      Total Medicaid Spending, FY2010 | May 8, 2012

      A map and chart ranking Medicaid spending for each of the 50 states in FY2010.

    • Headlines

      U.S. State Budget Surpluses Rising as Economy Lifts Tax Revenue

      Bloomberg | by William Selway | May 4, 2012

      More than half of U.S. states expect to end their budget years with a surplus of cash as a recovery in the economy buoyed tax collections.

    • 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.

    • Headlines

      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.

    • Headlines

      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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    • 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



      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



      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 :


      Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014: Unfunded Liabilities Hit $4.7 Trillion

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | November 12, 2014

      State Budget Solutions' latest research reveals that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion, up from $4.1 trillion in 2013. Overall, the combined plans' funded status has dipped three percentage points to 36%. Split among all Americans, the unfunded liability is over $15,000 per person. 


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      Williams Report - October 6, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 6, 2014

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

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      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.


      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.