Brownback: Kansas economy can sustain budget goals

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback remains confident that the Kansas economy will continue to show strength and generate revenues to fund his budget proposals.

Speaking to reporters Friday, the governor says his administration's experience in the past three years in setting priorities and building reserves support his optimism.

Brownback wants to increase spending in three areas in the current budget year -- the state pension system, public schools and the state's share of Medicaid health care programs for the poor, elderly and disabled.

Budget projections show the state eating into its cash reserves that were built over recent years. The declines are related to ongoing government expenses and cuts in the state income tax rates enacted in 2012 that reduced the amount of revenue Kansas collects.


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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has scheduled a news conference to discuss pending issues in the Statehouse as the second week of the legislative session draws to a close.

Friday's gathering will be Brownback's first of the 2014 session, which began Jan. 13.

Brownback is looking to increase spending in three targeted areas in the current budget year, putting additional funds in the state pension system, public schools and the state's share of Medicaid health care programs for the poor, elderly and disabled.

The governor has begun what aides anticipate will be frequent visits statewide to build support for his agenda, highlighted by a stop in Johnson County to discuss his plan to increase funding for all-day kindergarten.


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