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Kansas officials waiting to see how November tax collections compared with state projections


TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas officials will learn soon whether the state's tax collections in November met expectations.

The report due Tuesday from the Department of Revenue is coming less than a month after state officials and university economists issued a new, more pessimistic forecast for tax collections through June 2017.

The new forecast reflected economic slumps in agriculture and energy production and a softness in recent months in consumer spending.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director immediately announced $124 million in budget adjustments to allow the state to keep paying its bills on time.

Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since GOP legislators cut personal income taxes dramatically in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging in an effort to stimulate the economy. Republican lawmakers raised sales and cigarette taxes in July.

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