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Brownback wants $378 million tax increase to fix Kansas' budget woes

Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle on

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This will allow the state to draw down more federal Medicaid dollars, which the governor wants to use to increase reimbursement rates for medical providers after cutting rates in May and to increase reimbursements to rural hospitals.

The governor would also used the money to go toward implementing his rural health care agenda, including dedicating $5 million toward establishing more medical residency training programs in rural Kansas.

One area where the governor is proposing new spending is higher education. His budget includes $3 million in fiscal year 2018 and another $6 million in fiscal year 2019 to go toward a scholarship program to train teachers who agree to work in rural areas.

He has also pledged $1 million a year, starting in 2018, to go toward funding 50 scholarships for any university that is able to offer a bachelor's degree for $15,000 or less and another $800,000 to go toward the initial planning costs for building a dental school at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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