Stephen Koranda Stephen Koranda is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for Kansas Public Radio. Kansas Lawmakers Consider Raising Taxes To Lower Deficit By Stephen Koranda • May 13, 2015 Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Kansas Bets On Tax Cuts To Spur Economic Growth By Stephen Koranda • Jan 17, 2013 The economy has been growing in Kansas, but the state's budget is still projected to be in the red next fiscal year. A tax cut passed last year is aimed at growing the economy, but it's predicted that there will be a significant shortfall first.