Legislature scheduled to work through weekend on schools, taxes, budget

The Kansas Legislature plans to work through the weekend on school finance, taxes and the budget.

Education advocates should keep up with developments on social media and the KASB website.

“It is our intention to press through the weekend,” Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, said on Friday, the 105th day of what was initially planned to be a 100-day session. “Please be patient. There are a number of things that have to fall together,” Longbine said.

Legislators are in overtime facing a June 30 Kansas Supreme Court deadline to come up with a new school finance formula that adequately funds K-12 education.

A House-Senate education conference committee is negotiating differences in the two chambers’ school plans.

Overall, the House bill increases school funding by approximately $280 million over two years while the Senate bill adds $235 million.

KASB has prepared a side-by-side comparison of the two bills and KASB positions. Here is a link to that document. We will continue to update with corrections and clarifications.

Here are links to the House bill (Sub HB 2410) text and staff description, and the Senate bill (Senate Substitute for HB 2186) text and explanation. This page provides KSDE documents on the bill.

Meanwhile, House and Senate tax negotiators continued working on a plan that would gain approval in both chambers and possibly override a veto from Gov. Sam Brownback. In addition to the need for more school funding, the state budget faces a nearly $900 million revenue shortfall.

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