Key Kansas Lawmaker Sees Need to Consider Revenues

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House budget committee's chairman says legislators must consider revenue proposals to help solve the state's financial problems.

Rep. Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican, said Monday that lawmakers might be able to pass a revenue package of about $150 million.

Yoder is not talking about a general tax increase.

Instead, he's talking about proposals from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to suspend some planned tax cuts, divert revenues from cities and counties and tap gambling dollars.

Legislators already have approved a $13 billion budget for the state's 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

But officials issued a new forecast for revenues last week. Based on that forecast, the state would end fiscal 2010 with a $328 million deficit.

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