Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says more work remains to attract jobs to the state, helping pull the economy from what he describes as the lost decade.
He said despite recent news about a new chocolate factory coming to Topeka and other economic news, Kansas has fewer private sector workers in 2011 than it did in 2001.
A report from the Kansas Department of Revenue showed that the state finished the fiscal year ending Thursday with some $87.6 million more in tax collections than previously estimated. The gains were in individual income taxes, suggesting small businesses were starting to recover, the administration said.
Brownback wants to cut taxes but his Cabinet is also looking for more savings.
Nine social services offices will be closed in the coming months to consolidate operations and reduce overhead.