It is almost certain that when the Kansas Legislature gathers on April 27th for the 2016 Legislative Wrap-up session that we will face a substantial reduction in anticipated revenue for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Tax receipts were $54 million below official estimates in February, and lawmakers are bracing for more bad news when the March numbers are revealed. Shawn Sullivan, the Governor’s budget director expects the consensus revenue estimating group to once again lower its revenue targets when they meet in April. “I would expect, and I think anybody who sees the balance sheet and revenues coming in would expect that it will be decreasing further.” Sullivan said. Rep. Steve Johnson, a Republican from Assaria and a key member of the House tax committee said he is expecting revenue shortfalls in each of the final three months of the fiscal year: April, May and June. Johnson added that he has been warned to expect a total shortfall as large as $200 million by the end of this fiscal year. A number of State Representatives and State Senators have been working on tax plans that would reimpose the tax on business income. But Governor Brownback and other supporters of the tax cut argued that that business owners will use the tax cut savings to deliver a “shot of adrenaline” to the Kansas economy by creating tens of thousands of private sector jobs. That hasn’t happened. In fact , the most recent report from Kansas Department of Labor said that the state has lost more than 5,000 private sector jobs over the last year.