New estimates from the Kansas Department of Revenue means some sorrowing news for Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback.


New estimates from the Kansas Department of Revenue means some sorrowing news for Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback.



According to the Associated Press, the Department of Revenue projected that the state collected $22 million less in taxes than expected in December.



Thursday's report from the Department of Revenue says December revenues totaled $489 million, about 4 percent lower than the $511 million predicted earlier.



The state's tax collections had been close to matching projections for the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, which began July 1. The December figure puts the state nearly $23 million short for the entire fiscal year, with about $2.6 billion in revenues.



That is difficult news for the Brownback camp as he and the Kansas Legislature will struggle to balance the budget when lawmakers return to Topeka, Jan. 10, 2011.