S&P: Kansas budget issues ‘likely to persist’ after tax hike

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A major financial rating agency says a structural imbalance in Kansas’ budget is “likely to persist” even after the state increased income taxes.

S&P Global Ratings said in a report this week that while the state boosted its revenues, it also increased spending for the next two years. S&P also said the state still is diverting money from highway projects to sustain other spending and is not fully funding contributions to public pensions.

S&P did not change its negative credit outlook for Kansas.

Legislators enacted the tax increase over Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto to raise $1.2 billion over two years. The new law rolls back past tax cuts Brownback championed.

The S&P report came a month after Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the state’s credit outlook to stable from negative.

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