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Governor Submits Budget

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July 1 

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Proposed Budget - Fiscal Year 2023
On January 12, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly released a fiscal 2023 budget proposal that calls for $22.59 billion in total expenditures which is a 1.8 percent decrease from the governor’s revised fiscal 2022 recommendation. The proposal calls for $8.91 billion in fiscal 2023 general fund spending which is a 4.5 percent decrease from the governor’s revised fiscal 2022 recommendation. Total taxes for fiscal 2023 are estimated at $9.2 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent from fiscal 2022, and total receipts are estimated at $9.05 billion, an increase of 2.0 percent from fiscal 2022. The proposal recommends an ending balance in the state general fund of $671.2 million or 7.5 percent of expenditures. The proposal also recommends a $600 million deposit into the budget stabilization fund as the fund balance is currently zero.

Proposed Budget Highlights 

The governor’s fiscal 2023 budget proposal builds on the principles of sound fiscal management with a focus on long-term sustainability. The budget proposal invests in core areas of government services, provides tax relief to citizens of Kansas, and makes a deposit into the state’s reserves. The following recommendations are included in the fiscal 2023 budget proposal:  

Continued Investment in Education

  • Fully fund K-12 education at the constitutionally required levels.
  • $153.1 million of new funding to post-secondary education.
  • $45.7 million to restore university funding to pre-pandemic levels and freeze tuition for the upcoming academic year.
  • $25.0 million to fund the Kansas Access Partnership Grant, a need-based grant program that assists Kansas families with the cost of attending four-year public universities.
  • $15.0 million of one-time funding to be distributed across the system of two-year colleges.
  • $2.5 million to fully fund Excel in Career Technical Education for fiscal 2023.
  • $45.0 million of one-time funding for physical and digital infrastructure needs.

Expand Access to Affordable Healthcare

  • $19.0 million to expand Medicaid.
  • $29.3 million to increase capacity for regionalization of state hospitals.
  • $3.0 million increase for the Mental Health Intervention Team Program.
  • $4.2 million to extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant women for up to 12 months post-partum.

Provide Tax Relief

  • Eliminate the state’s sales tax on food items effective July 1, 2022.
  • One-time $250 rebate to all Kansas residents who filed a 2020 tax return in 2021.

Early Debt Retirement

  • Pay off $585.5 million of existing debt in fiscal year 2022.
  • $235.9 million to eliminate the debt associated with the missed KPERS-School payments from fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2019.

One-Time Investments

  • $600 million deposit to the budget stabilization fund.
  • $185 million to pay for approved capital projects.
  • $195 million for the university economic development challenge grant.
  • $20 million for the Department of Commerce to invest in initiatives to increase affordable housing options.

Realign Program Outcomes with Appropriate Funding Source

  • End transfers from the state highway fund to the state general fund.
  • End the transfer of funds from the economic development initiatives fund to the state general fund.
  • Fully fund the state water plan fund with a transfer of $6.0 million from the state general fund and $2.0 million from the economic development initiatives fund.