Moody’s downgrades Kansas bond rating

Kansas Flag (KSN Photo)
Kansas Flag (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Moody’s Investor Services is reducing the bond rating for the state of Kansas over concerns about the state’s sluggish economic recovery compared with other states and issues with long-term financial obligations.

The service announced Wednesday that the rating was cut from Aa1 to Aa2. The decision was made the same day Kansas officials announced April revenue collections were $92 million less than previous forecasts.

Moody’s cites the 2012 enactment of income tax cuts and the effect on state revenues as a factor in the downgrade, as well as long-term pension obligations and use of one-time sources of revenue to cover operations.

Moody’s says the rating could be upgraded if the state rebuilds its reserve balances and takes steps to address the pension obligations.