- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials are preparing to issue a new fiscal forecast to guide legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback in making budget decisions.

Forecasters are meeting Monday to revise earlier revenue projections for the current fiscal year and for each of the next two fiscal years, beginning in July.

From July 2014 through March, the state has collected $43 million less in taxes than anticipated, a shortfall of 1.2 percent compared with the current forecast.

That forecast was issued in November and predicts state revenues of about $5.8 billion each during the current and next fiscal years and $5.9 billion during the fiscal year beginning in July 2016.

The forecasters include legislative researchers, members of Brownback’s budget stuff, Department of Revenue officials and university economists.

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