Rescission bill sent to full Senate does not include K-12 cut

A rescission bill that does not cut public education was approved Tuesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, sending it to the full Senate for possible floor action on Thursday.

A rumored two percent cut to K-12 funding did not materialize in committee, but could be offered as an amendment before the full Senate.

KASB urges school leaders to contact their state senators to tell them what impact a cut would have on students and teachers, in addition to the long-term plan for schools in the face of the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision that the school finance system is constitutionally inadequate.
Four amendments by Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, were adopted in committee to Senate substitute for House Bill 2052. His first amendment “layers” in KPERs payments in order to avoid pushing the program’s unfunded liability past 2033. A second amendment puts a delayed FY 16 KPERS payment back in to the FY18 budget bill. The third amendment directs the state Budget office to only borrow enough money from the Pooled Money Investment Board (PMIB) in order to leave a $50 million ending balance in FY 17. Denning’s fourth amendment makes a 10 percent transfer into the state’s “rainy day fund” in FY 19, but not in fiscal years 2017 or 2018 due to challenging revenue projections.

The final bill was adopted unanimously by the committee.

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