Kansas Budget Forecast Expected to Get Gloomier

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The state's budget outlook probably will get worse on Election Day and could force legislators to rethink past promises about spending on public schools, higher education and social services.

State officials and university economists plan to meet Tuesday to revise existing estimates for anticipated revenues during the current budget year. They'll also project revenues for fiscal 2010, which begins next July.

Legislators already expected that when they convened their next session in January they'd face a gap of $200 million or more between projected revenues and current spending commitments for fiscal 2010. The gap is likely to grow after Tuesday's meeting.

Several forecasters said it's difficult to predict how much worse the budget outlook will get because of recent volatility in the nation's economy.

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