Kansas House panel plans to discuss budget issues this week

Kansas Statehouse (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas House committee plans to meet later this week to review a new, more pessimistic fiscal forecast for state government and to discuss budget issues.

The Appropriations Committee’s session Thursday would be the first legislative meeting since state officials and university economists issued the new forecast.

Lawmakers are taking their annual spring break but the full House and Senate plan to reconvene April 29 so that the Legislature can wrap up its business for the year.

The new fiscal forecast was issued Monday and cut projections for tax collections from now through June 2016 by $187 million. It revised a forecast made in November.

State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan says lawmakers must fill a $400 million hole in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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