- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature resuming its annual session: (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Groups that have been critical of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts are calling on Kansas legislators to repeal all of them.

The nonprofit Kansas Center for Economic Growth said Wednesday that its proposal could raise $1 billion a year in new revenue and permanently fix the state’s budget problems.

Officials from the center were joined during a news conference by organizations representing teachers, state government employees and construction contractors, as well as the CEO of the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

The state has struggled to balance its budget since the income tax cuts were enacted in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging in an attempt to stimulate the economy.

Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley called the groups “desperate to grow the government.”


5:30 a.m.

Kansas lawmakers must close shortfalls in the current and next state budgets totaling $290 million after returning from their annual spring break.

The Legislature was reconvening Wednesday morning. It was only a week after state officials and university economists issued new, more pessimistic forecast that slashed revenue projections through June 2017.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback plans to divert highway funds to general government programs and delay major road projects. He also expects to cut higher education spending.

He’s proposed selling off part of the state’s annual payments from a national legal settlement with tobacco companies to generate a one-time infusion of cash.

Lawmakers have been cold to the idea. As alternatives, he’s suggested delaying contributions to public employee pensions or making $139 million in spending cuts.

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