The state’s current budget shortfall can be blamed on legislatively mandated tax cuts and exemptions over the past 14 years, Kansas Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon said in speech last week at Wichita State University.

Tax cuts and exemptions passed between 1995 and 2009 by the Legislature have resulted in $10.9 billion less revenue over the period, she said. Without those cuts, Wagnon said, the state would have $1 billion more to spend in fiscal 2010 than it does.

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