Kansas received more bad financial news on Monday when the state said tax collections in September missed projections by $45 million.
Since the new fiscal year started July 1, Kansas has collected $68 million less than expected.
But one state House leader is trying to put a good face on a bleak picture.
In an email to colleagues Sunday, Rep. Ron Ryckman, the conservative House budget chairman from Olathe, said lawmakers are facing "challenging times." But "we should not forget the groundwork that has been laid to begin improving the fiscal outlook," he wrote.