FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 20, 2020
As state revenue forecast drops, investments in kids and families all the more important
TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas Action for Children President and CEO John Wilson released this statement after the state’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group issued its latest forecasts today:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous disruptions for Kansas children and families. Schools are closed, and our economy has been shaken. Today’s news from the Kansas Consensus Revenue Estimating Group shows that state officials will face disruptions of their own in months to come. With revenue forecasts for this fiscal year and FY 2021 decreased by a combined $1.272 billion, the state will face enormous pressure to make harmful choices.
“The fact is, while this estimate presents a challenge for Kansas lawmakers, we can work together to stabilize revenue without sacrificing vital programs that assist those in need. Direct assistance to Kansas families will help restart the economy better than tax breaks for multinational corporations or giveaways to the very wealthiest Kansans. State officials must also collaborate with the U.S. Congress to make sure that Kansas receives vitally needed federal aid to bolster local and state government finances. KAC stands ready to work with all lawmakers and agency officials, from both sides of the aisle, to ensure this happens as quickly and effectively as possible.
“Now is the time to invest in our state, our families, and our children, so that once the pandemic passes, we can come back even stronger than before.”