TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) Gov. Laura Kelly unveiled her 2020 proposed budget. It comes a day after her State of the State address.
In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions during an Associated Press interview in her Statehouse office in Topeka, Kan. Kelly is proposing that the state give itself breathing room in its budget by cutting its annual payments to its pension system for teachers and government workers, offering a new version of a plan that the Republican-controlled Legislature spiked last year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
It is important to note that these are just recommendations from the governor and have yet to be approved.
One of the governor's proposals is asking the state to provide more than $53 million in credits to low-income families for sales tax assessed on food.
A single person with an income of $30,000 or less would get a $60 dollar credit. People that file a joint tax return and make an income of $40,000 or less would get a $240 credit.
Gov. Kelly is again asking lawmakers to lower state contributions to the Kansas Public Employment Retirement System by extending payments for 10 years and adding more than $4 billion in interest payments.
The budget also includes a proposal sure to be a talker. The governor says she wants a state sales tax applied to streaming services like Amazon Prime, Disney Plus and Netflix. If approved, the tax would take effect in July.
The governor's budget also includes funding for Medicaid expansion, highway projects and additional prison beds.
You can read the governor's full budget here: https://budget.kansas.gov/budget-report/