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2016 Legislature Adjourns

from Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant

The 2016 Legislature wrapped up its work at about 4 a.m. on Monday, May 2. Legislators returned on Wednesday, faced with news of an estimated budget shortfall of nearly $300 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The governor presented recommended options for closing the budget gap, including securitizing the tobacco settlement fund, making more one-time transfers from the highway program and KPERS fund, and 3-5 percent budget cuts to various entities that included universities and K-12 education. Again, he reiterated that restoring some of the 2012 business income tax cuts was not an option. more

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