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State Budget Explainer (October 2019)

By KANSAS HEALTH INSTITUTE, KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION | October 23, 2019

State Budget Explainer (October 2019)

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The state budget for 2020 passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Laura Kelly totals $18.4 billion. When the Governor first presented the Governor’s Budget Report, it took 869 pages in two volumes to explain, in addition to a 171-page report comparing the budget to what the Legislature adopted. Such details are necessary — but overwhelming. Most Kansans simply do not have the time to understand the budget.

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) believe all Kansans should have a better understanding of the way state government sets its priorities. After all, civically engaged Kansans can help shape policies, express needs and expectations, determine how resources are used and elect policymakers to represent them in Topeka.

KHI and KHF produced this series of five infographics to tell the story of the Kansas budget.

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.