(April 21, 2022) – Today, the House and Senate Budget Committees began their work to complete the 2022 legislative session.
This morning, in a joint committee session, the committees received an update from Kansas legislative research staff regarding April Census Revenue Estimates and human caseload estimates. They learned the estimates for the next two fiscal years will be $760 million more in estimated receipts than what was predicted last November. In fiscal year 2023, which begins on July 1, there is an anticipated increase of $407 million above November estimates, a 4.5 percent total increase in receipts.
Committee members asked about one-time monies coming to states, cautioned against possible future recessions and high inflation rates, and asked how other states are handling such estimates.
The committee also heard from the State Budget Director Adam Proffitt regarding Governor Laura Kelly's proposed budget amendments. Those highlighted by Proffitt during today's discussion include:
- Changes to the human services caseloads estimates, as well as lottery and gaming revenues
- Migrating the Kansas Department of Emergency Management to the Office of Information Technology Services network due to changes made at the federal level
- Updating debt service estimates for new Veterans' homes
- Additional funding for contracted nurse staffing at Larned State Hospital
- Funding for additional staffing for the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program
- Transfer of $10.0 million from the State General Fund to the State Employee Health Plan Reserve Fund
- A Kansas resident tax rebate of $250 for all Kansas taxpayers, and $500 for those married filing jointly
- Additional funding for the Community Corrections Pay Plan
- Increased FY 2022 KPERS-school employer contributions
- Special education excess costs
- Governor's Grants Office Court Appointed Special Advocates Program
- An addition of $750,000 from the State General Fund in FY 2023 for the Specialty Health Care Access Program, including Project Access of Wichita, HealthAccess of Shawnee, and Wyandotte Johnson Care of Wyandotte and Johnson counties
- Additions to the Kansas Board of Barbering and Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners
- The Kansas Real Estate Commission licensing software system replacement
- Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program for veterinary training programs in rural Kansas
- Office of Administrative Hearings additions to staffing to address large caseloads
- Addition to the State Fire Marshal budget due to additional fuel costs
- Salary increases for the Kansas Department of Corrections and state hospitals
During the afternoon, both the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the House Appropriations Committee met separately to begin work on the governor's budget amendment items and all legislation passed having a fiscal impact on the state budget as they assemble the omnibus budget proposal they will have to vote on before the end of the session. Committees will continue their work tomorrow and likely into next week.