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KCUR Morning News 11-19-09

By Maria Carter


Kansas City, MO – Both the city council finance and audit committee and the ATA board grappled with budget shortfalls newly predicted over the next 18 months.

The same low tax collections that have hurt the city have left the ATA with an expected $6.3 million shortfall.

The Kansas secretary of revenue is calling for lawmakers to look closely at many of the tax exemptions in the state, because she believes they are hurting the state's revenue picture.

A new long range highway plan for Kansas is in the works at the Statehouse, but questions remain over how to pay for it.

Missouri highway officials have spent more than $100 million fixing the state's secondary highways this year.

University of Missouri president Gary Forsee will be in Kansas City this morning to discuss the financial situation as part of a tour of the system's four campuses.

The Kansas women's basketball team downed Iowa last night 66-55, but Missouri couldn't hold on to a 17-point halftime lead in their 75-74 loss to Memphis.

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