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State Officials Eagerly Await For Word On September Taxes

State officials are also waiting for word on whether Kansas tax collections in September met expectations.

The state Department of Revenue's report this afternoon is expected to renew a political debate over recent, massive income tax cuts enacted at Governor Sam Brownback's urging.

Brownback says the tax cuts are stimulating economic growth, but critics say the reductions are wrecking the state's finances.

The Legislature's nonpartisan research staff is predicting that the state will face a $238 million dollar budget shortfall by July 2016, even if tax collections meet the state's official projections between now and then.

Kansas' tax collections in July and August combined met expectations, but the collections in April, May and June fell a total of $334 million dollars short of expectations.