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Credit Agency Downgrades Ratings on Kansas Bonds

Associated Press - August 6, 2014 7:24 pm

A monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy will remain weak in rural parts of 10 Midwestern and Western states because of low grain and oil prices.

A monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy will remain weak in rural parts of 10 Midwestern and Western states because of low grain and oil prices.

A second leading bond-rating agency has downgraded its credit rating for Kansas and cited what it calls the state’s “structurally unbalanced budget” following massive personal income tax cuts.

Standard & Poor’s said Wednesday that it is dropping its rating for Kansas to AA from AA+. The agency also dropped its rating for bonds backed by state tax dollars.

Moody’s Investor Services downgraded its credit rating for Kansas in May.

S&P said in its report that Kansas will probably need to cut spending in the future to offset the income tax cuts. The reductions were enacted that the urging of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to stimulate the economy.

Brownback noted that the state’s rating remains high and said rating agencies don’t like tax cuts.

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