Brownback to deliver State of State address; respond to Gannon

Gov. Sam Brownback says he will respond next week in the State of the State address to the Oct. 2 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the school finance system is inadequate. 

In addition, Brownback has asked Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to meet with key advocacy groups to address the administration’s budget proposals. Brownback will deliver the State of the State address at 5 p.m. Tuesday and release the budget the following day. 

Brownback has often been at odds with the Kansas Supreme Court and has in the past proposed ways to change the way justices are selected to the court. In addition, the governor’s allies have called for a constitutional amendment to limit the court in school finance cases. 

Brownback’s announcement ended speculation on his short-term plans. In July, President Donald Trump nominated Brownback to be U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, but Congress adjourned its 2017 session without voting on his confirmation. This means, Trump will have to resubmit his nomination for the new year. 

On Tuesday, Brownback tweeted: “Looking forward to another great legislative session. I will remain Governor until confirmed by the U.S. Senate.” 

KASB’s response to the court ruling in the Gannon school finance case can be found here and here.  


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