Kansas – Kansas Lawmakers Voice Concern Over Lower-Than-Expected Sales Tax Revenue

By JONATHAN SHORMAN Topeka Capital-Journal

“TOPEKA — Lawmakers expressed concern Monday about months of less-than-expected sales tax revenue as Kansas moves forward with a budget that depends on collecting more from consumers.

Senators and representatives probed legislative staff over possible explanations for the downturn during a meeting of an interim budget committee. Possibilities that were floated ranged from the national economy to online sales to Kansas City-area consumers driving into Missouri to make purchases.

Sen. Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, estimated under current trends, the state will take in $30 million to $50 million less than expected in sales tax revenue during the current fiscal year, which lasts until the end of June 2016.”

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