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May 1, 2017TOPEKA, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas legislators to hear April tax collection totals today

Kansas legislators are returning from their annual spring break to fix the state budget and are waiting to hear whether tax collections met expectations in April.  

The Senate was reconvening this morning and the House plans to gavel in this afternoon. The state Department of Revenue is releasing a report today on tax collections in April. It comes less than two weeks after state officials revised revenue projections to make them a little more optimistic.  

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019. The state's budget woes developed after GOP lawmakers slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's urging.  

Legislators have been focused on rolling back those past income tax cuts despite Brownback's resistance. He vetoed a tax bill in February.