Dept. of Revenue Reports $51 Million Shortfall in May

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ New figures on tax collections suggest the state could be headed for some big budget problems.

Preliminary figures from the Department of Revenue show that the state collected $51 million less than anticipated in taxes in May.

The shortfall was almost 8 percent.

That's a problem because legislators based budget decisions on a financial forecast made last month. And they ended their session last month already expecting to face financial headaches next year.

The state expected to collect about $664 million in general tax revenues in May and instead collected $613 million.

And individual income tax collections fell almost $38 million short of expectations.

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