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.”