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AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas receives $53.3 million payment from tobacco settlement

Release Date: Apr 21, 2020

TOPEKA – (April 21, 2020) – Kansas has received its annual tobacco settlement payment totaling $53.3 million, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The $53,329,191.64 total is consistent with the estimate that the attorney general provided last fall to the consensus revenue estimators.

As it does each year, the annual payment will reimburse the state for funds previously appropriated by the Legislature to pay the current fiscal year’s cost of programs financed from tobacco settlement proceeds. Because of the timing of the annual tobacco payment in comparison with the state budget cycle, the Legislature each year appropriates funds that will not be received until the following April and then reimburses that amount when the annual payment is received.

Since the first payment was made in 1999, Kansas has received more than $1.24 billion from the participating tobacco manufacturers. The settlement payments are intended to offset the costs of tobacco-related illness and disease that are borne by Kansas taxpayers through government-paid medical benefits. The payments are made each year pursuant to a legal settlement that resolved claims made by 46 states, including Kansas, against the tobacco companies in the late 1990s. 

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