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Coronavirus has impacted virtually every business sector in Kansas, so it stands to reason that a budget hit is coming.

On KVOE's Newsmaker 2 segment Monday, 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber of Emporia said lawmakers are bracing for the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group's expectations after that board meets April 20.


The Revenue Estimating Group has made several upward revisions on tax receipts over the past year-plus with monthly revenues constantly passing expectations. Governor Laura Kelly has said she expects the state can get through the rest of this fiscal year without major adjustments, but the plan for fiscal 2021 starting in July will have to be revisited.

Schreiber also says higher unemployment is a given. Kansas has been enjoying monthly unemployment numbers between 3 and 4 percent for the past two years, but state leaders are bracing for that figure to rise with an onslaught of calls and unemployment filings to the Kansas Department of Labor the last four weeks.

Schreiber's appearance kicked off a weeklong interview series with Lyon County lawmakers to get their observations about COVID-19, its impact and potential adjustments. Senate Vice President and 17th District Senator Jeff Longbine joins the Newsmaker 2 segment at 8:20 am Tuesday. 76th District Representative Eric Smith of Burlington is the Newsmaker 2 guest Wednesday. 51st District Representative Ron Highland of Wamego closes down the series during the Newsmaker 2 segment at 8:40 am Thursday following the ESU Buzz.

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