Susan Wagle

Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts.

The new forecast from legislative researchers, university economists and officials in Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer's administration increases projected tax collections through June 2019 by a total of $540 million. It replaces a forecast issued in November.

Larry Campbell, the governor's budget director, and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, said the higher revenue projections means the state will be able...