DALLAS - Kansas lawmakers may be facing a shortfall of almost $1 billion in fiscal 2010 when they convene next year following Tuesday's lowering of officially expected revenues.

The Consensus Estimating Group cut the estimate for the state's general fund revenues for fiscal 2009, which began July 1, by $211 million or 3.5%. The group said in April that revenues during the current fiscal year should total $5.99 billion, but the latest estimate is $5.78 billion.

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